Sunday, July 02, 2023

Murray: love of the brethren

Sunday, July 2, 2023
    If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
    —1 John 4:20 (NIV)
    God keep me from saying anything that would be unloving; God shut my mouth if I am not to speak in tender love. But what I am saying is a fact. How often there is found among Christians who are banded together in work, sharp criticism, sharp judgment, hasty opinion, unloving words, secret contempt of each other, secret condemnation of each other. Oh, just as a mother’s love covers her children and delights in them and has the tenderest compassion with their foibles or failures, so there ought to be in the heart of every believer a motherly love toward every brother and sister in Christ. Have you aimed at that? Have you sought it? Have you ever pleaded for it?
    ... Andrew Murray (1828-1917), Absolute Surrender, Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1897, p. 28 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 4:20; John 1:18; 13:34; Col. 3:12-13; 1 John 2:4; 3:17; 4:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase my love for Your people.
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