Loving God Equals Loving Others
“ he who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in the darkness until now” (1 john 2:9)
Horticulturists in the United Kingdom have developed a plant they are calling the “tomtato.” And yes that’s spelled right! Above ground it produces tomatoes, but below ground it produces potatoes. As we all know this is not normal or natural, of course. The apostle James said, for example, that a fig tree can’t bear olive berries or vice versa (James 3:12). And Jesus made the same point when he said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16). The apostle John applied these lessons to the spiritual life in a very plain way! He basically said, “You can’t say you love the Lord and hate your brother at the same time (1 John 2:9-11). If you love the Lord Jesus, the fruit in your life will be that you love others—especially others within this congregation and the body of Christ who also love the Lord! As a matter of fact, Jesus told his disciples that their love for one another was how the world would be able to identify them as his followers (John 13:34-35). And it applies to more areas than just love! Anyone who claims to be a born again Christian but doesn’t obey all His commands “is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4; Matt. 28:19-20). The only way that we as an individual, and as a body of Christ here at Fairview Baptist Church demonstrate and show (through action) that we love God is by loving others inside these church walls and outside these church walls! Failing to love others calls into question our true love for Christ! Love is the root; obedience through action and not just lip service is the fruit! What are you showing and bearing today? Fruit of the world or fruit of the Spirit?
Love in Christ Jesus!