7544 - A Command


Audio transcript

God’s Word is spiritual food for the soul. Let’s feast together on a portion today, as we look at a command from God.

Today we come to the end of chapter 4 in the First Letter of John. We have received several blessings from the truths in this chapter.

Verse 21 tells us, “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

To many this seems like an impossible command. In our human resources this really is an impossible command. Love is not an emotion we can produce by self-effort, particularly the kind of love, which is mentioned here.
Rest assured if God gives a command to His children He is the one who supplies all the resources to bring the action about.

Throughout this chapter every time the word ‘love’ is mentioned, it comes from the Greek root “agape.” “Agape” love is a love that comes from God; a supernatural, sacrificial love.

The textbook on how to fulfill the command, which we address is the Bible itself.

In verse 7 of this chapter we are told that this “agape” love comes from God. Friend, there is no other source, no other supply house where it can be obtained. We must deal with God if we desire to participate in “agape” love.

This “agape” love is included in the inexhaustible package of enablement, which is given to a person who invites Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior.

God doesn’t expect His children to produce any part of the Christian life from their own weak, depreciated, outdated resources.

When God adopts one into His family, immediately this body becomes the temple within which Trinity God abides. From the throne room God directs the safety program — guiding and protecting His child in life. He provides the power to face each challenge of life.

In fact, we are told in 2 Peter 1:3 that: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.”

So when God commands His children to love, He’s the one who supplies the assets with which to fulfill the command.

In Romans 5:5 we are told that, “...God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” This is the same supernatural love with which we are commanded in today’s verse to love our brother.

The truth is that once we place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we become a member of His family, we would actually become a wayward, belligerent child of God if we did not permit His love to flow from us to encourage other brothers and sisters in the family. In our new nature we will love the brothers.

Our Father also expects us to be available to share this love with unbelievers, which He brings across our path. The purpose is that these who are outside of His family, and who have never experienced this unselfish, sacrificial love, might indeed receive a sample, become informed; and perhaps even respond to God’s good-news message about the love of His Son, Jesus Christ, and apply for adoption also.

Friend, there is no room for pride or self-elevation in the family of God. God doesn’t expect sibling rivalry to cause trouble in His family. But, if the occasion arises when one of God’s children is lauding themselves over a brother or sister then Father God knows how to discipline out of this same “agape” love. At first His discipline is gentle, but if it doesn’t accomplish the needed improvement then God has other tools of discipline, which He will apply most effectively.

The secret to a happy, fulfilled life in God’s family is yieldedness and trust. Stay under His authority and trust Him to fulfill His promises. Then we cannot help but spread His love to brothers and sisters.