new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another;
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us an offering
and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour."
truly walk in God's love demands that we walk according to His commandments
(2 John 6), walk in reverential fear (Acts 9:31), walk by faith
(2 Corinthians 5:7), and walk worthy of our Lord (Colossians 1:10).
all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love."
difficult this is sometimes! Real Christian love means we do our
best to abstain from those sinful quarrelsome tendencies and criticisms
that alienate brethren and cause untold heartache (Colossians 3:11-12).
speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ."
thankful we should be for godly brethren who speak the truth! (Ephesians
4:25). Compassion and concern for God's truth and the souls of men
should ever be our motivation as we speak (1 John 3:18).
ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love."
in Christian love draws souls nearer to the Master, and keeps us
close to Christ. Does the congregation here exhibit true Christian
we diligently labor to display this essential attribute as we labor
together...as we seek to lead the lost to the Great Redeemer (Hebrews
13:1; John 13:35).l
is silence when your words would hurt.
It is patience when your neighbors curt.
It is deafness when a scandal flows.
It is thoughtfulness for others woes.
It is promptness when stern duty calls.
It is courage when misfortune falls.
And ever stands
With open hands.
while it lives,
For this is loves prerogative
To give, and give, and give.