by Robert Brock
Tuesday, June 4
Loving Our Brethren
“He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen,
how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4:20.
“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.…love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). The chain of command in love is to love God supremely, secondly, love others as much as one loves himself.
In Ephesians 5, Paul taught that a man who does not treat his wife with love, understanding and respect is laden with shame and self-loathing. This attitude becomes Satan’s playhouse. God has instituted marriage so that He might love others and minister Christ’s love through His children. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). The declining love problem is actually a sin problem.
Paul warned that in the end times, “Men shall be lovers of their own selves” (2 Timothy 3:2). Self-worship is the source of a catalog of heinous sins against man and God. However, loving ourselves because God loves us makes God’s children a conduit for sharing God’s love with a world of hurting people. People who do not love others do not love God. It is a spiritual law.
THOUGHT: Love for the brethren is never based on what the brethren can do for us.