Thought of the Day February 7, 2018 Living in Christ

By 10:50 AM

(Continuing) To "live in Christ" as a new creation involves not only loving God with our whole heart, mind, strength and will, but loving others with the love of Jesus.  This is not selective love but universal, not socially accepted love  but life-giving, not limited but unconditional, not only when convenient but at all times, not only love of those who do good to us, but love of our enemies, and  those who speak ill of us as well.  "As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

Loving others as Christ has loved us is practical and sincere, not theoretical; it is affectionate and demonstrative.. It involves bearing with one another and forgiving whatever grievances one has against another as Christ has forgiven us. Paul even goes so far as to say "Owe no debt to anyone except the debt that binds us to love one another" (Rom 13:8).  It requires us to "defer to one another out of reverence for Christ" going so far as to "anticipate each other in showing respect."

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