“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: False doctrine and false teaching should always be exposed. But too often in the Christian church, we sit in the place of God and by tearing each other down through lies, gossip and accusations become no better than the lost people out in the world. Sadly, the greatest enemy of Christians today are other Christians.
Jesus spoke in many parables to relay truths to the masses. When asked why He spoke in this manner by His disciples, He responded this way:
“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”Matthew 13:10-16 (KJV)
I am going to share some very deep hurts in this article. Some of the readers will identify with much of what I say. Hopefully, others will come under conviction of the Holy Spirit, that they have inflicted much hurt on other Christians. I pray that the Lord will use this piece in whatever way He desires.
Through the years, I have encountered many people in church, and on Facebook, who name the name of Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but act viciously toward other believers. Let me make this clear — any one of us can fall and behave badly. But in a true follower of Jesus Christ, He looks for repentance and reconciliation from His people. Notice in the first passage of Scripture in this article, that He said “Love one another as I have loved you.”
How has he loved us? He loved us while we were wretched sinners! The Word says:
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (KJV) FULL ARTICLE