True LoveBro. David Chancellor
4/25/1999 6:00 PM
"This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you." Our standard of love is the love of Christ. He was getting ready to go to the cross for his disciples and for mankind. He was going to give his life for them and he was quick to share with them all about God. Christ gives us the assurance of the blessings and benefits of God. He was emphatic about loving one another. "If the world hate you..." Presenting that we should love one another, and at times that we will be hated. We may be hated, but we aren't to hate back.
John 14:23, 24
If people love Christ they'll keep his words. You'll want to be obedient to the things he said. True love is focused on the thing that's loved. If you love one another, you'll be focused on another. If you really love someone, you begin to focus on that person (likes, dislikes, etc.) Observe some things.. True love will focus on the one that's loved; there will be observation. See in the brethren the needs - notice when things are going good or bad, then try to help the situation by carrying it to God in prayer. You have to focus on the one being loved for it to work. Sometimes it's good to just sit and watch. Listen. Be concerned about others. True love is focusing on the object that's loved; giving it our attention and interest. Be sensitive; take in others around us. There's a time to listen. Be a good listener and make use of the things that are heard. Listen for where you can help. Get to know others because you love them.
1 Corinthians 12:24-26
There are times in your life when you have no need (mountain tops)... God would focus our attention on where the need is at. The world focuses on success. Worldly people follow after those that have no need. God would have us give our attention to the need. We should be sensitive to the need. "Have a care one for another..." Care where the need is at... This won't ever work with a self-centered people. It has to go outward, not inward. Don't focus on "who loves me?" but on those you love. Those that learn how to be truly caring and loving toward others are loved the most. Our focus needs to be outward. Be observant of others. See the need and take care to pray, to encourage, to fill it as you can. Spreading what you observe is not the most loving thing to do. You can talk to God about what you observe without it hurting anybody and know he'll make a difference. Develop in that care for one another. Recognize that God has brought us together to help each other bear the load.
2 Corinthians 7:12
Paul had dealt with some problems - not to take sides - but to let the care and concern show through. Our concern at times is that our care might appear. We want people to see that we care. We shouldn't have to be told, just observe and change what you can. It shouldn't have to be specifically laid out for you.
1 Peter 1:22
The purification of our souls in the truth should produce unfeigned love. Don't fake love. We receive a benefit by being a part of God's church, but we should give as well as get. For someone to be able to meet a need, someone has to observe, but don't go around with your feelings hung out. Go around looking for the need. Our love should be genuine and fervent (based on how much you focus on the ones you love). We should be observant so that we can help to carry. We want others to see the love of God at work. Be observant, have a real care.