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Minister Al Wilson Associate Minister Southside Church of God in ChristDo You Love Jesus?By Minister Al WilsonAssociate Minister, Southside Church of God in Christ
Â There are many people that say they love the Lord, but in reality, do they?Â In John 14:15, Jesus said â€œIf you love me, keep my commandments.â€
The true barometer of our love for Jesus is not how we feel, but whether or not we keep his commandments.Â The idea of one keeping the commands of Christ means: 1). We must observe and recognize the authority with which Christ speaks.Â In John 12:49-50, Jesus said, â€œFor I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.Â And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.â€Â Jesus declared, â€œAll power is given unto me in heaven and in earthâ€¦â€ (Matthew 28:18).Â 2) If we love Jesus, we will fight, endeavor to protect and holdfast to his commands and doctrine (teaching).Â Jude 1:3 tells us the Beloved (Christians) should earnestly contend for the faith.If we love Jesus, why is there so much division in the religious world?Â Amos 3:3 asked the question:Â â€œCan two walk together, except they be agreed?â€Â The answer is NO!Â People that claim to love Jesus, but are divided, teaching for doctrine the commands of men, are not in fellowship with God and have missed the point of true love.Â The apostle John said, â€œWhosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.Â He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Sonâ€ (II John 1:9; I John 5:3).Â Remember, God is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33).Before Jesus sacrificed his life on Calvary, He prayed to His father that we all might be one (John 17:20-21), â€œNeither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.â€Â The apostle Paul loved and believed the Lord, therefore, he followed the same teaching when he condemned the church of Christ at Corinth, (I Corinthians 1:10) â€œNow I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.â€Â In verse 13, Paul went on to say â€œIs Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?â€Â Clearly, if we love the Lord, we ought to be one with Him.We love Jesus when we follow the doctrine/teaching of the apostles as the people did on the day of Pentecost when the church of Jesus Christ had its beginning.Â Acts 2:41 tells us, â€œThen they that gladly received his word were baptizedâ€¦â€Â These people heard that God had made that same Jesus whom they crucified both Lord and Christ.Â They believed what they heard and asked the question â€œmen and brethren what shall we do?â€Â Peter told them â€œRepent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.â€Â Again, â€œthey that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them (the apostles) about three thousand souls."We know they loved Jesus because they continued in the doctrine of the apostles whom He had appointed (Acts 2:42).Â We know they loved Jesus because they were together and not divided (Acts 2:44).Â We love Jesus when we strive for the unity He prayed for.Â Do you love Jesus?Â