LOVE AMONG THE BRETHREN (AGAPE LOVE)
Have you ever wondered why love is the most important? In the old testament, God gave Moses the 10 commandments (Exd. 20) but something was left unmentioned in that commandment and that thing is the most important. But when Jesus came, he restructured it and put the missing item which is LOVE(Mk.12:30-31). Jesus commanded us all to love one another, that’s why love is the basis of all things. No wonder, the first church of Christ was founded with love by the Apostles. The bible said, “All d believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another “(Acts2:44 GNB).
For them to share their belongings with each other not minding if that person donate his own share or not shows there is an unfathomable love existing among them. In Acts 11:26, the people of Antioch noticed that these set of people are unique in everything, they do things in common, share their belongings equally, walk together, preach the gospel to everybody and everyone despite the high rate of persecution as at that time. They do things with love, and for the first time, the people of Antioch called them “Christians”(Christ’s like). That’s why Jesus said “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have LOVE to one another (Jhn.13:35KJV)”. Now bringing this to the recent church, Love among the brethren is fading out.
No geniune love exist among the people of God again, everybody now looks after himself alone and care not about other people. Even among the so called Pastors, Apostles, Church founders, Bishops and the likes, no genuine love exist among them and their congregation. That’s when you will see them billing their church members, telling them to pay these and that, quoting the right scriptures at the wrong time just to persuade them into bringing what they were asked to bring for their own selfish interest and they care not about the welfare of their congregation. I have seen church members who ran into debt just to pay one fee or the other in the church.
Have seen young pastors going extra miles to please his senior pastor for promotion, saying false witnesses against his fellow young pastor. Where is that Love founded by Jesus which the Apostles built the first church on? The Love that is once precious among the brethren is now very scarce in the church of God. What we christians don’t know is that, if we don’t love one another, then we’ve committed a murder because if you don’t love your neighbour then you will develop hatred towards your neighbour. Even among the churches and different denominations, there’s no love!
Some churches/denominations will be behaving wrongly to other churches/denominations, condemning and criticizing each other as if they serve different God or they don’t read the same Bible. But come to think of it, the reason for all this is simply because, we have lost our focus which is JESUS CHRIST, the author and finisher of our faith which is also the basis of Love. Let us all retrace our steps back to Jesus and also embrace LOVE! Remember Jesus said “If you show love to one another, then you are my disciple” which means if you don’t love your neighbour, you are automatically an OUTCAST!
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Awe Samuel Olutayo