Our love for God is expressed through our love for others.

Our love for God is expressed through our love for others.

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Jesus said our love of him would be expressed by our loved for others. As we love outwardly, we love upwardly.

In Church today our spirituality is often manifested by how ferequently we pray or read, how loud and free our worship is, or by what divine gifts we operatate in such as healings or speaking in tongues. Yet, Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth says you can have all these things in operation but if you have not love, you have nothing. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (Matthew 7:21-23). In fact the verse which preceed this one says, “by their fruit you will recognize them”(Matthew 7:20) The things we do can not stand alone, all we do must be rooted in love, genuine christ like love. The love we have for God should manifest itself as love for others otherwise it is selfserving love wihich is really no love at all.

Matthew 25:31-46

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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2 responses to “Our love for God is expressed through our love for others.

  1. I think that’s true to an extent. I think we MUST be root and ground in love (Eph. 3:14-19) and it’s out of the place of loving God and being rooted love that we can love other people.

    That’s the way Jesus ministered… He was in a
    constant state of prayer.

    For instance the feeding of 5,000…
    Mark 6:31 Jesus told His disciples to come away to a secluded place to rest. This was right after John the Baptist was beheaded. So something tells me the rest that Jesus and disciples had was not “down time”…. but in a place of prayer and mourning. John was His cousin.
    Then Jesus performed a miracle… He fed 5,000 people. He DID love God through loving people… but it was BECAUSE he was rooted in a place of intimacy He had with His father. It says that Jesus showed compassion on the people. He received that ability to show compassion because He knew God as a compassionate father.
    Mark 6:46 Jesus Bid the people goodbye and left to pray (Matthew 14 follows the same procedure)

    Jesus was in a constant state of prayer and worship. Day and night, night and day.

    Matthew 22: 37-39 (the greatest commandment)
    The greatest commandment is to love God. The second is LIKE it is to love people. They’re not same. You can’t love people first to love God, but you can love God first to love people. 🙂

    I don’t want to sound corrective or anything like that or a slap in the face or ANYTHING….. loving God first is so close to my heart and my desire is to see the people around me to love God and seek intimacy with Jesus. It’s such a beautiful thing to know God!

    If anything I encourage you to keep digging into the word of God and let God continue to move in your heart! He loves you SOOOO much!!!

  2. P.S. you don’t have to approve my comment…. it’s supper long 😦 SORRY for the lengthy comment!

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