Wednesday, June 26, 2019
JOHN 13:34-35 NKJ 34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
True followers of Jesus are different. They are marked by divine love. They do something which is impossible for "mere men," they walk in divine love.
1 CORINTHIANS 3:3 NKJ 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
This verse shows that believers can be carnal, or ruled by their senses and natural mind, but all believers are capable of showing divine love.
The truth is that we need to be born again so we can have God's love in us. Then we will be able to love others as Jesus loves us. The people of the world are not capable of this.
ROMANS 5:5 NKJ 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Even though we have the love of God in our hearts, we still have to choose to allow it to control our actions and reactions toward people. In this, as in every area, we must look to the Lord for His help.
The love we are to show others is the kind of love God has toward us. It is a giving love, and a forgiving love.
This love desires the best for others, but goes beyond just desiring it, for it is willing to do what is necessary to make good happen for others.
This divine love is evident when you would rather allow yourself to be hurt than to allow someone else to be hurt.
When people see this love manifest through our lives, it should cause them to say, "That's not normal!"
That's what Jesus was talking about in John 13:35, that those who are His disciples would stand out from the crowd because of the divine love being demonstrated through their lives.
SAY THIS: God put His love in me to be expressed!
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