Christians Don’t Have to Try to Love – We Can’t Not Love
Let’s talk about love.
Think you serve God?
If we’re not careful we can start thinking we’re helping God out. But, is there anything you can do that would impress God? Is there anything He couldn’t do simply by speaking it?
The fact is there is nothing we can do for God. God is not needy. He is fully sufficient. It’s you and I that need Him. We depend on Him.
The serving we do is serving OTHERS. And if you’re doing it to impress God (or fellow Christians) you’ve missed it and pride has a hold of you.
We serve others because we love them. Meaning we dont care who sees us helping people. We honestly want to.
There are two new commands (which replace the Old ones). Love & Believe. But get this. For Christians “love” is NOT an effort. It’s something that we simply can’t avoid. It’s not a command you need to make an effort to accomplish. Its a fact. You literally do not have the ability to not naturally love brothers and sisters in Christ.
God tells us “you WILL KNOW them by their love”. Not might. Will. If Jesus lives in you, and he also lives in other believers, we literally cannot help but have a natural love for one another. We are not “trying to love them”. In fact if there was anything that might cause you to doubt if your faith is real, it would be if you did not naturally love other Christians. Do not confuse this with being a message of needing a long laundry list of works. That is not what we are teaching today. Drives me nuts when people go out of their way to make love about a huge effort and a big giant legal lists of to dos.
That doesn’t mean we always get along. But there is a kind of hard programming that causes us to love each other. As the Scripture says “God has poured his love into our heart”. So you can recognize believers simply by them loving other believers. While no one knows the heart but God, you can’t help but wonder if someone is truly a believer if they actually hate other believers.
1 John 4:20 “ if someone says “ I love God”, but hates his brother, he is a LIAR. For the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God who has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, for anyone who loves God should love his brother also”.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.