Honestly, I’m just popping in to see what will show up on the page and to say hello.
I don’t like being away from this screen for many days.
Well, we are halfway through the month of January 2023.
How’s it going for you so far?
It seems the clock is speedily ticking to me.
I have a verse for us to ponder today.
35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.” John 13 source
I’ve been thinking about this verse for some days. In context, who do you think JESUS was addressing when He said this?
The setting is the upper room the night He was arrested.
Who was in the room that night?
All people (sinners and saints) will know you are my disciples if you have love for one another.
Who is one another?
I looked up the word LOVE as used in the Text. It’s agápē.
When the Body of Christ has agápē for each other, then the people of the world will know we are His Disciples.
What is agápē anyway? agápē agapáō
The commands to the Body of Christ are to agápē one another and to proclaim the Gospel of The Kingdom of GOD to the world.
I’ve said it myself but I repent of saying it — we are not here to Share the Gospel.
You read that right. We are not here to SHARE the Gospel. We are here to PROCLAIM it.
Please compare the words: Share. Proclaim
Do you see a difference?
The CHURCH has some repenting to do.
And some agápē ing one another and some proclaiming to the world, to do.
Would you agree?
I didn’t expect this.
Oh yes! Agape love is not just be nice and tolerant. Actually, that’s not love at all. Agape is love that corrects, reproofs, shows care and concern and brings reconciliation to all matters. That is how the world will know us because the Agape love we share and practice brings a unity the world cannot fathom.
When the pagans of the world see that kind of love and then hear us proclaim the Gospel, they can’t help but desire to come to know the real Jesus.
I pray for the day that this happens. I am afraid it is going to take some purging and suffering before we can experience it. Praying for “the church” to wake up and stop listening to every wind of doctrine that tickles their ears.
So glad The Spirit led you to this topic. It is much needed.
Your insights and comments are a treasure mine for me and for all who desire to live godly. Love you my Sister.