I still remembered in my earlier Christian walk with the Lord, I was in a situation where I had no Church to go to… I had no Pastor to guide me… I was young and naïve, confused and most of all I had just gone through a drastic change in my life where I had an encounter with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour a few months prior to the-worst-chapter-of-my-life. But, despite all of the wrong I have done… the wrong that was done upon me… A Christian friend was available and patient enough with me to show me some love, concern, wanting the best for me and most of all became an ally that has received me back into fellowship with Christ.
To this day I have found liberty to love others from within the Church and show some love to visitors and to those who have yet to know the Lord. Although I would not dare to say I have perfected love and my skills to win people to be friends or even being an ace to actually love others as a Christian… Still I’ll give it a shot because I know, I should.
In this present day, as digital technology is growing rapidly and eyes stuck to i-pads, i-phones, smartphones and even smart-watches has somehow made people mind their own business and living in their own little world. Sadly, love can be seen lacking within fellow Christians and even from Christians towards people who never knew Christ, people who has no knowledge of Jesus and what He has done for all mankind throughout the ages…
What is Love? What does the Bible says about Love?
The 1st Book of Corinthians [Chapter 8, Verses 1 ~ 8] (The Holy Bible)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
And should we as Christians Love?
The Book of Colossians [Chapter 3, Verse 14] (The Holy Bible)
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
YES!! We are commanded literally to PUT ON LOVE. Like putting on our clothes, we put on love upon our lives.
Why we as Christians should love??
Because, God first loved us
Loving us when we never deserved or earned it
It was given by His GRACE and MERCY towards us
GOD, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY loves you and me!! Why shouldn’t we love others?
The Book of Romans [Chapter 8, Verses 38-39] (The Holy Bible)
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I come back to the story where I had a Christian friend who extended his hand to reach out to me and showed me love. I was miserable and confused as I said… To the point where I was having weird ideas on Christianity and began to suddenly said to my friend I want to teach you things… He humbly listened to me in a restaurant for nearly 5 hours as I talk and talk and talk about Christianity... The truth was I had head knowledge but I was a clanging cymbal… I got some little new knowledge and my head got bigger at the same time. He was just happy that I just turned into a Christian having a Buddhist background and was just happily accepting my passion of being a new Christian. Although I was not living right still at that time, the Grace of God was upon us both to just have an awesome fellowship.
I do understand that somehow to relate to new Christians with The Bible nowadays would be a bit of a challenge as the number of distractions has increase a hundred fold with the rise of smart-phones bringing in soooooo many apps and features to be explored in an endless internet world. BUT, I also do believe with the help of the Holy Spirit and man’s inner conscience, fellowship between Christian brothers and sisters are still possible and full of greater depth than ever.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever
He never changes and I am confident the WORK of GOD in a converted, born again, Christian-who-encountered-God, Jesus believer, repented-of-sin-Christian is still the same 2000 years ago up to this point of time in the existence of mankind.
It takes a converted heart to be able to love… Because…
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
The Apostle Paul
The Book of Romans
The Holy Bible
If you’re a Christian… that love… THE LOVE that was changed and saved you… is available to be in you… to be grown and expanded within you. Love others my friend. It is our duty to do so. Begin to love others :)