Love One Another

Oswald Chambers

“‬Love One Another‭”

…add to your…brotherly kindness love.  2‭ ‬PETER‭ ‬1:5,‭ ‬7

Love is an indefinite thing to most of us‭; ‬we don’t know what we mean when we talk about love.‭ ‬Love is the loftiest preference of one person for another,‭ ‬and spiritually Jesus demands that this sovereign preference be for Himself‭ (‬see Luke 14:26‭)‬.‭ ‬Initially,‭ ‬when‭ “‬the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit‭” (‬Romans‭ ‬5:5‭)‬,‭ ‬it is easy to put Jesus first.‭ ‬But then we must practice the things mentioned in‭ ‬2‭ ‬Peter‭ ‬1‭ ‬to see them worked out in our lives.

The first thing God does is forcibly remove any insincerity,‭ ‬pride,‭ ‬and vanity from my life.‭ ‬And the Holy Spirit reveals to me that God loved me not because I was lovable,‭ ‬but because it was His nature to do so.‭ ‬Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying,‭ “…‬love one another as I have loved you‭” (‬John 15:12‭)‬.‭ ‬He is saying,‭ “‬I will bring a number of people around you whom you cannot respect,‭ ‬but you must exhibit My love to them,‭ ‬just as I have exhibited it to you.‭” ‬This kind of love is not a patronizing love for the unlovable‭— ‬it is His love,‭ ‬and it will not be evidenced in us overnight.‭ ‬Some of us may have tried to force it,‭ ‬but we were soon tired and frustrated.

‭“‬The Lord…is longsuffering toward us,‭ ‬not willing that any should perish‭…” (‬2‭ ‬Peter‭ ‬3:9‭)‬.‭ ‬I should look within and remember how wonderfully He has dealt with me.‭ ‬The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way.‭ ‬I may get irritated because I have to live with an unusually difficult person.‭ ‬But just think how disagreeable I have been with God‭!

Am I prepared to be identified so closely with the Lord Jesus that His life and His sweetness will be continually poured out through Me‭? ‬Neither natural love nor God’s divine love will remain and grow in me unless it is nurtured.‭

Love is spontaneous,‭ ‬but it has to be maintained through discipline. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

Jesus Christ can afford to be misunderstood‭; ‬we cannot.‭ ‬Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves.

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