Thursday, March 5, 2009

Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

We have seen that the most important command for a Christian is to have a fervent love for other Christians. This love is more important than other issues, even though the other issues are important. In the above passage, we tend to emphasize verse 35, but there's something in verse 34 that we miss. When Jesus commanded us to love one another, He explained "as I have loved you."

We're to love each other just as much as Jesus loved us. Jesus doesn't become enemies with Christians over dress codes, music, or non-Gospel doctrines. He didn't commit sin in order to get along with Christians, but He didn't become their Enemy, either.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

What is the single most important things that you need to do if you want to follow Christ closely? Is it belonging to a certain Christian group? Believing a certain doctrine? Dressing a certain way?

1Pe 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Some Christians are surprised that the Bible tells us that loving one another is the most important thing for us to do. But while you can make mistakes on doctrine, loving other Christians is never a mistake. Fighting among Christians is to be avoided. The idea that we have to warn others against a certain Christian is an excuse for disobeying God's clear command.

Nancy and I are members of a megachurch in Texas, and we watch our pastor every Sunday on the internet. We disagree with some of the dress standards of our church, but we don't disagree with the large numbers of people who are getting saved, nor do we disagree with the spiritual growth that we are getting from listening to our pastor. Because love is more important to us than a dress code, we aren't cut off from getting these blessings.

Don't go to war with every Christian you disagree with. Concentrate on loving one another, and trust God to handle the other problems.