RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Sunday 20 January 2013
ORDERED TO LOVE
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you". John 15:12
Read John 13: 34-45
Action point: Love is so strong that if can completely disarm your strongest foe. Ask for more of His love in your life.
In Heaven, God has an army. When He came to the earth, the Lord Jesus raised another army. Just before Fie left, He gave three sets of orders to His army on the earth. If we must satisfy Gods expectations on the earth and to be reunited with Him in Heaven for eternity, we must be aware of these orders and live with them.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, ¡f ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35
The first of such orders ¡s that we are commanded to love. This command is repeated in John 15:12,17. One distinguishing feature that characterizes the Lord’s army is love. If you are a true soldier of Jesus Christ, you will be able to love your fellow brethren whether they deserve it or not. It is easy to love those who love or pretend to love you. But it ¡s not easy to love those whose mind and feelings towards you are uncertain. It is even difficult to love those who act deliberately against you. Whether people are lovable or not, you must love them as a true soldier of Christ. It ¡s not an option, but a command.
It is not enough to profess love, concrete effort must be made to ensure that the love professed is genuine. According to Romans I 2:9-10, with this kind of love, you will even prefer your brother to yourself. Where there ¡s genuine brotherly love, nobody struggles for position or power. If you schemed your way into your present position, you lack the love of Christ. If this love ¡s present, you will happily subordinate yourself to your brother or sister. You will not be filled with only thoughts about yourself; you will not give pride a chance when you truly love. This ¡s the type of love existing within the Godhead; hence there is no trace of rivalry between them. If you cannot demonstrate this kind of love, you cannot be a soldier that God can be proud of. Let us consider the Godhead; Jesus said God the Father ¡s the greatest (John 1 4:28). God the Father said Jesus has the most exalted name both on earth and in Heaven (Philippians 2:9). The Father sent the Holy Spirit to glorify the Son (John 16:14). Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit all through His ministry on earth and said anyone who offends Him will never be forgiven (Mark 3:29). So who then is the greatest among them? Love one another in humility and sincerity!