We all have a long way to go, when it comes to walking in love. The bible commands us to love one another. Its by this that men shall know that ye are my disciples.
John 13: 35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
If you look at the above, the standard of us loving one another is “as l have loved you”.
Before we do anything, we must ask ourselves “how will this action affect my neighbour? Or how will this action affect my brother or sister? We have to realise that despite our experiences and the way many behave, Gods standards and expectations have not changed. So if you are the only one who chooses to walk in love, just do it.
One particular area that l find interesting is how people “cut others off” very abruptly and seem to justify it. You have many quotes talking about cutting people out, etc. and while each situation is different, it is not an excuse to do it out of love.
What do l mean? If for any reason you make a decision that you no longer want person A or B to be close to you as before or in your life, there is a way that it can be done graciously. When it is done graciously, then both of you are at peace and at least the communication line is still open.
We need to be careful not to sow seeds of rejection into a person’s life and justify it. The Lord knows and sees everything.
If for any reason you choose not to be close to a person again, make sure you it graciously. There is always a right and godly way to do things.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour. If you have sowed seeds of rejection into a person’s life, you need to repent and also ask the person to forgive you. Don’t be an agent of sowing bad seeds of rejection into a persons life that only eternity will reveal the impact.
We are children of love and whatever we do must be done in love.
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson