(KJV.) ST. JOHN 15:9-10
(9) As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love.
(10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
CONTINUE YE IN LOVE!
Brethren, our Father is love; therefore, being in his images, let us love one another as well; if we hate or resent one another, let us not deceive ourselves, that we know who he is, for we really do not know him: from the beginning of creation, our Father created all things with love, for his love of humanity, in other for them to love one another as they love themselves, have a relationship with him, enjoy his creation, and live peaceably with one another; cf. Genesis 1:28-30.
However, what did man chose? (i) disobedience to our Father; deceived by the serpent, man ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, planted in the garden of Eden which our Father specifically instructed them not to consume, cf. Genesis 3; therefore, man fell from grace into woes, hardships, and have to work harder, till the ground to sustain themselves: (ii) envy, due to the fact that Cain, Abel's brother's burntofferings was rejected by our Father, but Abel's was accepted by him, the spirit of enviousness entered into the heart of Cain towards his brother; therefore, let us be careful of how we feel when we see other people prospering, while we feel like failures; there is time for everything under sun, a time to be born, and a time to die etc.; therefore, let us be encouraged to know that, our lives are not over yet, until Jesus says it is over; there are still many good times ahead for the blessings of our Father to manifest through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; so, let us rejoice with those who are rejoicing for being blessed, never feel like failures, but keep praying for breakthroughs, and wait patiently for the blessings; (ii) hatred, Cain resented his brother Abel in his heart, and could not love him anymore, but talked harshly to him; let us not hate other people, attack them with our words, because we see the lights of our Father shinning in thier lives; (iii) death, eventually Cain struck his brother Abel to death cf. Genesis 4; therefore, let us be careful what we say negatively about other people behind their backs, for our words can turn into swords of murderings.
Therefore, as humans, we will step on toes, offend one another, but whenever, we keep grudges and malices in our hearts against our fellow brothers and sisters; knowingly or unknowingly, we are on the egdes, to hurt, or kill those people, until we let go of offenses, evil controls our hearts to retaliate against those individuals; therefore, let us take a lesson from Cain's actions; first of all, he became envious of his brother due to his burntofferings not accepted by our Father; secondily, he hated his brother Abel in his heart; action and reaction, he spoke harshly to him; thirdly, killed him: today, let us clean house, clear our minds of evil thoughts against one another, purge our hearts from filthiness, and love one another as ourselves.
Dearly beloved, in the above text, Jesus said, as the Father loves me, so, have I loved you; continue ye in my love; therefore, love is an action word in this aspect, we have to perform, it is not a maybe, or I will love whosoever I desire to love in this world; it is a commandment, that need to be obeyed; if we do not love one another as ourselves, how can we justify ourselves with the love of Christ, enjoy his free grace, that no one deserves? this is a point to ponder on! also, without love, we are nothing but talkatives, talk love but do not act upon love; cf. 1 Cor. 13:1; therefore, let us love one another as Jesus Christ loves us, for his love avails much in our lives; if we obey his words, do his will, he shine his agape love upon our souls; the same way, he obeyed our Father, did his will while on earth, dwells in his love forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. John 17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.