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  1. Reading this, it seems as if it was written for me, I too need to love more. Thank you for this, it really touch something in me.

  2. Praise the Lord Bro. William! This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the manifestation of the Sons of God, who alone are begotten of God, who imitate their Father because of His Seed in them. They have entered into God’s rest so that His glory and power may be manifested in them.
    I pray that we all may be among His Elect and Chosen, with our names written in the books of Heaven, and may declare His Praises to the world.

  3. It can feel quite easy to manifest love for friends, and even for people that are strangers. But real maturity of Christian character is shown when we can love our enemies. When we manifest genuine love for people that are actively hostile toward us, THAT is to walk worthy of our high calling. (Eph 4:1)

    And this, I suggest, is a key aspect of the "perfection" (the maturity, or the "full stature",) that Jesus admonishes us to reach. (Matt 5:43-48).

    Wearing His yoke, and having Him as our yoke-fellow, He will lead us up the ascent.

  4. This is our great need, as individuals and as a corporate body. In Christ's Object Lessons we're promised "By constantly relying upon Christ as our personal Saviour, we shall grow up into Him in all things who is our head....The object of the Christian life is fruit bearing--the reproduction of Christ's character in the believer, that it may be reproduced in others."...."When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own." COL pp. 67, 69
    It's me, Oh Lord, standing in the need of You.

  5. William, I have taken inventory of my life and also find a need for the Love of Jesus "Agape", to be implanted by gifts from the Holy Spirit, in my heart. We may not completely understand what this means, or how it may apply, but we can understand that a change is needed. I would only add that we can admire the virtue that is seen in others, but to Love with all our "Heart, Soul and Mind" Matt22:37 requires a commitment that we may be reluctant to make. Thus our strength and power must come from the Holy Spirit. John16:13

  6. Amen. Without love in me I see my Christian life meaningless. Loving others unconditionally is what we Adventist Christians must live. Sharing and serving are two ways we can show love from our heart to others.I have been sharing much of my life but I have not yet serve which I purposed in my heart to in 2016.

  7. AMEN! May I suggest this is what is needed within our church even more! Too often it is easier to kick those with different likes or preferences in music or worship styles out the back (or even front) door! Can I truely love those from other cultures, those younger or older with different ideas like He loves them!

    WOW! You have hit the nail on the head with this thought provoking article! Thank you!

  8. Interesting insight. I have personally experienced a pagan literally giving me the shirt off his back. Back in my hippy dippy days
    I was in Philly PA at a Grateful Dead concert. My truck(Mack lol) was broken into and all my clothes and a CB radio were stolen. A young hippy learned of it and gave me a tie dyed t-shirt he was selling. It is strange but a bunch of long haired, unwashed, stoned hippies often have more no strings attached compassion than many clean cut, Bible professing Christians. For this New Year may we all ask GOD to lead us to divine appointments that will demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to ANYONE He leads us to. Sometimes (actually often) GOD shows a divine sense of humor with His leading. There are a lot of hurting, downtrodden people out there aching to see Jesus. Let Him Shine through us! SSSpringer

  9. It's how we get back isn't it? Back to being in God's image, before the fall ruined everything. Without the love that Jesus demonstrated, we are simply fallen. "Religious" perhaps, but still fallen.

  10. Thanks William. An eye-opener on your side was an eye-opener on my side and to other people too. I realize I am doing the same. I am weak. Yet i again and again, I am the victim of sin. By accepting that, we realize that we greatly need to involve God in our lives. To strengthen and to whisper guidance. Be all blessed.

  11. Thank you Bro. William for sharing this powerful thought which after all is the essence of Jesus' ministry. I am blessed.


  12. Thank you so much for this post. I've often thought that I have "love" covered. That, of the fruits of the Spirit, my huge problem is self-discipline. But, reading this post sent a chill through me. God has impressed on my heart that I have a lot more growth to do, to love as He loves. Thanks for initiating this eye-opener.

  13. William, I am reading your post in April 2017. Have a Sabbath School preamble to give and was going to talk about Joseph of Arimathea and his new friend Nicodemus, who both showed 'impromptu' love for Jesus after the crucifixion. Your article is superb - love that springs from the heart, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the immediate thought that we so often push away - let's resolve in 2017 to follow through for Jesus's sake. Not just the greeting, but the doing. Not just inside church doors, but out in the community.


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