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G. John White's first devotional Sold out for Jesus covers 12 vital themes of Christianity.
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January Topic: OBEDIENCE IS GREATER THAN SACRIFICE
Of all the things I have had to learn over the length of my lifetime - this is the most important.
If we don't get this right, the rest is impossible. So let's spend this first month of the year getting our priorities in the correct order.
1 John 4:21
WHOEVER LOVES GOD MUST ALSO LOVE HIS BROTHER
"If anyone says 'I love God', yet hates his brother, he is a liar."
John doesn't mince his words does he? Say it like it is! I've said it before I'll probably say it many more times yet throughout the year. I love Christianity, because it's real. It works. We don't live in delusion, escapism or fantasy.
Jesus is real and He expects His followers to be real too. He never said it was going to be easy. He did say, however, that by His Spirit, He would be with us and give us the "power" to overcome the difficulties.
The whole thrust of John's comments here, seems to me, to get us to realise that we have to be real with one another. This is "anti-hypocrisy" stuff, this is. In other words, "don't come rushing up to me; telling me what a good Christian you are; what a wonderfully intimate relationship with God you have; and how much He tells you about being able to teach others - if you don't go to Church because of all the hypocrites there are there or because you just can't get on with Mr/Mrs X etc."
"For anyone who does not love his brother who he has seen, cannot love God, whom he hasn't seen".
Stands to reason, doesn't it? To use Oliver Cromwell's words "We have to love our brothers 'warts and all'." Why? Because Jesus has died for him and He accepts him just as he is - so why can't you?
Until we are fully sanctified and made perfect, we will have "warts" which others will find hard to accept, so we must show them the same love and patience. But how many times must I forgive him? Peter asked Jesus that, and His reply equated to - as many times as he needs it!
This is a nice simple challenging question isn't it? If you want to know how much you really love God, look at how much you love "that brother" you have the most difficulty with! Yes, and what about your blood brother(s) too?
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