The New Commandment
John 13:34: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
There is no one who has greater authority than the Lord Jesus to give us a commandment. There has never been anyone else but Jesus who could love us as He did and does. It is a high standard for us to love our neighbors as He loved us.
Romans 13:8: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Galatians 5:14: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
James 2:8: If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Matthew 22:37-40: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Loving God and loving our neighbors are inseparable. It is impossible to love God and not our neighbors and it is impossible to love our neighbors and not God. It is impossible to love our neighbors or God without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . .
Romans 5:5b: . . . the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
All of the passages above use the same word for love, agapao. It is the love of God, not the love of man. Not only can we not love others without the help of the Holy Spirit, but we cannot bottle up this kind of love and keep it just for ourselves. Whatever kind of love we can bottle up for ourselves only is NOT the love of God.
Those who think they can live alone out in the woods and still fulfill what God wants them to do are deceiving themselves. Those who think they can isolate themselves from others and be anti-social and still be right with God are wrong, wrong, wrong. A sure-fire way to avoid loving others is to avoid them.
John 13:35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
If you are a Christian who avoids Biblical churches, you are avoiding other disciples and most men WILL NOT KNOW that you are a disciple of Jesus. It is an unfruitful testimony. Attending a good church regularly is probably the easiest thing we can do to convince men that we are Christians. I do understand that there are circumstances that keep us from church but we should do all that is in our power to be part of one. By the way, reading these articles is not a substitute for belonging to a Biblical church.
Galatians 6:10: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Jesus demonstrates His love not by isolating Himself from the objects of His love but by ACTIVELY SEEKING them and meeting their need.
Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Are you and I actively seeking people to love?