By Pastor Wes Higgins
We live in a world that seems to be one big ball of hate. Hate is controlling our politics. It controls the way people are interacting with one another. In what many call the Olivet Prophecy, Jesus Christ warns that hatred will increase, much of it focused on Christians (Matthew 24:9, NKJV). But the truly worrisome thing is not the outside persecution of the Church, we are told to expect that. The real problem sits in Matthew 24:12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (NKJV). Jesus warns the Church that the love they should have for one another will grow cold. Jesus gave the Church a New Commandment “…that you love one another; as I have loved you…” (John 13:34, NKJV). This is not just some feel-good statement. The kind of love that God and Jesus Christ have for us is possible only under the New Covenant with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is the “dying for” kind of love. Not only that, but it is this kind of love, God’s Love, that defines the Church as Christian. “By this, all will know that you are My disciples if you have, love for one another” (John 13:35, NKJV).
Paul warned Timothy that in the Last Days men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, lovers of pleasure, unthankful, unforgiving, unholy, and uncaring toward one another. In fact, Timothy was told, “from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, NKJV)
It is this unloving, self-loving, attitude that Jesus told the Church of Laodicia they needed to repent of (Revelation 3:14-22, NKJV). The biggest challenge we have as a Christian Church today is not, disrespect or outside persecution, it is the lack of love for each other. Look at the early Christian Church, one of it’s greatest strengths was its love for one another. They worshiped together, they ate together, they prayed together, they fellowshipped together (Acts 2:42, NKJV). Their love was so great that they were willing to share everything with each other for the sake of the Gospel. “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the Church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47, NKJV).
The book of Hebrews reminds us to “…consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NKJV).
I pray that we as Christians come to share the full glory of God’s Love.
© Wes Higgins 2/6/2019
Pastor Wes Higgins
West Meadow Ministries
Celebration Church of God