I once dreamed of launching revolutions, sparking movements, mobilizing the masses, and changing everything. Now I’ve learned the beauty and profound significance of simply loving my neighbor.
There’s nothing wrong with revolutions, movements, mass outbreaks, or turning culture on its head. But none of that is worth much if you fail to reach your neighbor. I don’t mean “reach your neighbor” in the sense of making another notch in your spiritual belt. It’s time to love everyone without an ulterior motive. Is this possible? I’d like to think so.
Like the Driven Snow
5 The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.
1 Timothy 1:5, Message
The Apostle Paul when writing to his spiritual son, Timothy, directed him to love others. He said that this love was to be pure. How can pure love come from an impure vessel? Follow truth.
22 Since by your obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves for a sincere love of the believers, [see that you] love one another from the heart [always unselfishly seeking the best for one another] 1 Peter 1:22, AMP
Like Round Rocks
You know with what joy a weary traveller would bathe in a fresh stream, plunging into the water to experience its cooling, and cleansing, and strengthening effect. Lift up your eyes and see by faith how ceaselessly a stream flows from heaven above to earth beneath. It is the blessed Spirit’s influence, through whom the power of the blood of Jesus flows earthwards over souls, to heal and to purify them. Oh! place yourself in this stream, simply believe that the words, “The blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin,” have a divine meaning, deeper, wider, than you have ever imagined. Believe that it is the Lord Jesus Himself who will cleanse you in His blood, and fulfil His promise in power in you. And reckon on the cleansing from sin by His blood, as a blessing, in the daily enjoyment of which you can confidently abide.
Andrew Murray, The Power of the Blood of Jesus
There’s a quote by some famous preacher that I can’t find says something like, “Purification is laying like a stone in the river of Christ’s blood.” At first thought, it sounds nice, and it is most of the time. There are times of just being washed by the water. Then there are times where other rocks bump into you. But, there may be times where you get moved further downstream altogether.
Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
Heart Purification and Loving Your Neighbor are best friends. They must go together. Technically, heart purification comes first, but you get the idea.