This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I was reading the recommendations of “the Great Physician” regarding a dangerous, destructive (even deadly) virus that has spread its deadly toxins among many Christian communities… That virus is “HATRED!” Sadly, its destructive influence has not only impacted the Church, but it has also had a devastating impact on the testimony of many Christians, rendering the witness ineffective.
The reporter in this instance, Apostle John, infallibly guided by the Holy Spirit indicates there is only one vaccine to negate and protect against the deadly influence of this virus… LOVE. It was first offered to all by the Almighty God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But it must be received and shared with others by individuals who have personally received the immunization it provides. Apostle John seems to say that periodic boosters are needed and helpful. He warns that LOVE shared with fellow Christians – even enemies – is the only effective vaccine for the deadly HATE virus.
Here’s a portion of the official report that I read this morning…
“I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you… Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother [or sister] abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother [or sister] is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (From 1 John 2:7-11 ESV)
In another place the report urges, “love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Let me add my voice to what Scripture says… I urge you to accept God’s love in Christ Jesus! Let it come in and transform your life! Reject “HATRED” – and be immunized by LOVE (God’s LOVE in Christ!) I have – and what a liberating experience! Then share your testimony of what LOVE (God’s love in Christ) has done in your life with others… Urge them to be vaccinated and immunized. Believe me, it will make a powerful impact in our churches, communities and world! Let’s stop HATRED in its deadly tracks!