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So Many Talk Of Love And Unity – Where Is It In Demonstration?

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Published on: September 23, 2019

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” -John 13:35

One thing that I always remember, as a kid, was the generosity of my mother. She would, as they say, give the shirt off her back if you needed it.  When it comes to myself, I seem to not have fallen too far from that same tree (Matthew 7:16). I say this not for the accolade, but because it is the truth, and it is what my Father in Heaven has put within me even when I was not aware of it scripturally or by testimony (Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 5:5).

When I was a young boy, I would help my mom with a paper route to make extra money and in doing so, I had a friend named Jim for whom I felt rather sorry. The funny thing is that I was a welfare kid living in an apartment, largely due to the fact that my dad was nowhere to be found while my mother worked her finger to the bones.  Yet, Jim lived in a house. So, he was taken care of better than me.

It was Christmas time, and I remember having $30.00 to my name.  After going to Jim’s house, I decided that I was going to take that money that I had and buy presents for him and his entire family, no strings attached.  I just wanted to give what I had to someone that didn’t have for it is truly more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), and so I did.

Shortly after buying these presents for his family, I heard from my friend Jim a short time later that his dad had asked him what it was that I wanted.  That killed me. Well friends, I did not want anything in return.  It was just in my heart to help them and so I did. This was the beginning stages of experiencing the heart of Christ and what real love is all about (John 1:11-13).

Moving forward 10 years, when I got saved by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-10), I was the Church trophy.  I was the kid that got saved out from the rock-n-roll world. It has been said that the greatest miracle that God can perform is to take an unholy man out of an unholy situation, clean him up and make him holy and send him back into that unholy situation (Titus 3:5).  That was me.

I also remember that there were about 400 people that went to this particular Church and I used to hear how much these people loved me every Wednesday and every Sunday. I could also hear them talk about how much they loved each other as well, that is until I saw it for what it was.  It was empty words with no actions behind them. Jesus said, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8).

For me, it was a witness of the lack of their love.  Not one of these that said they loved me was to be found when I needed to see their love in action by helping me move a couple of beds. When it came time for loving each other in truth (John 15:13; 1 Peter 1:22), I seen no iron sharpening each other (Proverbs 27:17), there was no scriptural reproof, correction, or instruction in fulfilling the very meaning of love.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” -2 Timothy 3:16

Love is not in word, friends, but in demonstration.

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” -1 John 3:18

Most do not know this love because most do not know His law.

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” -Matthew 24:12

The very law that the Lord gave because He loves fulfills His law (Matthew 22:37).  And where does His love come from?  The Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). How am I to love my brother if I do not first love God (1 John 4:19)?

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” -1 John 5:2-3

“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.” -2 John 1:6

Let Scripture explain itself (Psalm 119:130).

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” -Romans 13:8-10

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” -John 13:35

Oh, my friends, how many times I have bent over backward-looking for this love in demonstration.  I have been in ministry for 20 years and what I see and experience for the most part is competition, self commending (2 Corinthians 10:18), preeminence (3 John 1:9), little to no unity found in their own feeble ranks (Psalm 133:1-3) except when it seems to be advantageous (Jude 1:16) for their man-made visions.  This isn’t love.  This is selfish to the utmost as if to suggest that what the Lord gave to them was only for them, that is not why it was given. Furthermore, that is not a scriptural love. Where is the love that looks out for the other guy let alone lays down his life for him? If it is about the kingdom, it doesn’t matter who gets the praise because the praise belongs to God and Him alone (1 Corinthians 1:29-31).

Where is this love that is to be made manifest that the world may know that we are his disciples? In America, I have yet to find it. How shallow, selfish and disingenuous I see men that talk much of love and fail to act it out (John 5:42). Where is the body of Christ in unity?  If as many as profess to belong to the Lord in this country were unified, it would be all over in a day for the enemy. No, too many are doing their own thing and they then wonder why the Church is divided and weak (Mark 3:25).  These are a part of the problem, not the answer.

We are to live unto Him who died for us (2 Corinthians 5:15), who washed us in His own blood (Revelation 1:5).


On my part, I have been anticipating this love that looks to unify the Church (Ephesians 4:3-17) by kicking the Hell out and getting the Heaven in (Matthew 16:17-19). This will only happen when we meet The Lord on His terms (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Famous field preacher John Wesley said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon earth (Matthew 6:10).

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