Christ – Not Creed – The Rallying Call
By W. C. Moore
Are we guilty of a lack of genuine love for other born-again Christians? Is it not sadly true that we do not love some of God's born-again people, who, perchance, do not see eye to eye with us on certain points of doctrine, but who do sincerely love the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 6:24)?
Is it not a fact, in our own lives that we sometimes treat some of these real children of God, as though they were not Christians, and then we are so self-righteous, so proud of what we think WE are, that we do not even get convicted of our sin enough to go to them, humbly, and in love, and ask forgiveness for the way we have treated them?
The Deceitfulness of the Human Heart
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings" (Jer. 17:9-10).
"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar" (1 John 4:20). Genuine, God-given love, in the heart, "suffereth long, and is kind" (1 Cor. 13:4). Can God look down from heaven into my heart and say that the way I speak to some of His truly born-again people, the way I treat some of God's own children is – by any stretch of the depraved human imagination – kind?
Yet the Lord of Glory, the God of the whole earth, is kind even unto the unthankful and to the evil (Luke 6:35). Oh, let us repent of our wickedness! "Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Eph. 4:32).
"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer" (1 John 3:15). Oh God, for Jesus' sake, deliver us from our devilish ways! "The devil…was a murderer from the beginning" (John 8:44).
"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isa. 1:16-18).
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin…If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:7-9).
Meet at Jesus' Feet
Let us meet at the feet of Jesus, the Son of God, and worship and adore Him! Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity (Eph. 6:24).
Shall we, who love the Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart, "endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3) – shall we all meet before Him, and seek with persistent faith for a mighty, fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in these last days that, united as one, we may press the glorious Gospel cause around the world and see multitudes of souls saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready for Christ's glorious appearing!
"That in all things He (Christ) might have the pre-eminence" (Col. 1:18).