Love Not…Know Not

10-10-12

There are some sure signs that we have spiritual life within us. One of those signs is that we have love for others who also are the children of God. I John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”  Before I was born again and became a partaker of the divine nature I did not love other Christians. I actually sought to distance myself from them because I knew that what interested me would not interest them. There was not very much common ground for us to stand on together. However, after I was saved the Lord changed my heart. I now have a love for the people of God, and the Word of God that I did not have. I no longer want to distance myself from them but I desire to be close to them. What a blessing it is to fellowship with those who love the Lord Jesus and want to honor Him with their life. Christians are by no means perfect. But, we have a love for the One who is. We are in love with the Lord Jesus Christ that died on the cross for our sins and saved our souls from being destroyed throughout all eternity. As we grow in our love for the people of God then so will our assurance that we have been born again by the Spirit of God. If we cannot love our brother in the Lord then we do not love or know God. I John 4:20 declares: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen.”