Sharing God's Loving Relationship With Others

Cliff Ellison

It’s truly amazing how we are so demanding when we see others not following Christ.  Even though Jesus is the supreme authority and the example for all Christians to base their lives upon, He does not demand obedience from anyone. Our obedience is the result of the effect of our love we have for Jesus.  He tells us what we ought to do, but He doesn't demand us to do it.  We follow His commandments because of the love we have for Him.  Likewise, when sharing with others the commandments of God, it is important to share with love, because love does not demand, but commands obedience.  The Lord does not give us rules, but He makes His standard very clear, so if your relationship to God is that of love, your relationship with others is more than likely the same.  When others see God's love in you, they are able to feel God’s love in themselves and more than often react accordingly.  

When one of the teachers of the law asks Jesus what was the greatest commantment, he replies with this.

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'  The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."  Mark 12:29-31

When dealing with non-believers and baby Christians, the catalyst for obedience should be motivated by godly love and not promoted by demanding submission.

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong."  I Corinthians 13:4-5

Application

1.  Show others the grace that God has shown you.

2.  Correct with love.

3.  Learn to forgive.

 

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