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EMOTIONS, part  15 - Love  Shown  to  Brothers  and  Sisters
In  Christ ...cont...  quotes

1)     Our Elder Brother Jesus Christ commands each of us to show unselfish love to our brothers and sisters in the faith.

     “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35.

     “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love....This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends....These things I command you, that ye love one another.” John 15:9-10, 12-13, 17.

     We are not to love one another as little or as greatly as we may feel like, but are to love one another in the same full and complete unselfish way as Christ love us!

2)    If we show true unselfish Christ-like love for each other member of Christ’s body, then we are also showing our love for Christ as well as for God our mutual Father who gives us the ability to “live, and move, and have our being” and thus to show love in the first place (Acts 17:28)!

     “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40.

     If we do not show true Christ-like love then we are not showing our love for Christ or our love for God as our mutual Father!

     “Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” Matthew 25:45.

3)    What happens if we refuse to love one or more of our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith as Christ loves us?

     “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end [in keeping God and Christ’s commandments in loving Them and each other], the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:10-13.

4)    What is another name for one who betrays his own family members?

     “And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him [Jesus] unto them.  And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money.  And he sought how he might conveniently betray him....and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.” Mark 14:10-11, Luke 6:16.

     To wilfully betray and turn traitor against your own family members would make you into one of the greatest enemies of your family.  This great sin would reveal that you are in direct sympathy with Lucifer, and then there will be no limit as to how deep into apostasy and sin you will go!

     “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.” Hebrews 6:4-8.

     “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.  And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:26-31.

     These verses reveal that there will be nothing you can do to avoid being eternally destroyed if you determine to wilfully betray and turn traitor against one or more of your fellow brothers and sisters in the faith!

     “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD...Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.  And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.  From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.  For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it [or in other words, there is nowhere to hide].  For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act [of a God of love actually destroying the majority of His own creation that turned traitor against Him and His Son].” Isaiah 28:15-21.

     “...the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:8, 10-12.

5)    "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love....If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us....and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him....If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also." 1 John 4:7-8, 12, 16, 20-21.

     Having true Christ-like love for each and every one of your brothers and sisters in the faith shows that God is dwelling in you.  But if you have hatred in your heart then God is NOT dwelling in you, but Lucifer is!

6)    What choice do you want to make: - to love or to hate?  May it be to truly love.

     “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand [who had done His will], Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”. Matthew 25:34.  

     But if you choose to hate, you will face eternal destruction!

     “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand [who refused to go His will], Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlating fire, prepeared for the devil and his angels...And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25:41, 46.