Guilty as charged?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

This is my command: Love each other.
(John 15:17 (NIV))

If we were brought in front of the enemy and put on trial with only one charge – that we love each other – would we be found guilty?

Think about that.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
(John 10:10 (NIV))

What prompts someone to steal, kill or destroy? These are acts that do not come out of love. In fact, the lack of love can be found in all sin. Is greed an act of love? Is adultery an act of true love? Do you covet your neighbor’s possessions if you possess love? Can you truthfully honor your father and mother if you do not have love?

And the big question – can you have no other gods before God if you do not have love?

Love is crucial to our faith. Love is crucial to our lives.

Why do we have so much trouble at times fulfilling this simple command?

I have heard it often said that you may be the only Jesus that some people will ever see. If that is the case, then are we being a truthful representation of what we profess to believe? I know that we are only human, and that all of us will falter in our attempts, but do our attempts show a sincerity or do they show a halfhearted, superficial love that is there only to benefit us?

If we are to be judged on whether we fulfill this command, would we be found guilty of loving each other? Would we stand accused and convict ourselves by our actions, or would Satan acquit us for lack of evidence?

It is my prayer that we would all be found guilty as charged.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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