Good day People of GOD.
Today we will be looking at 2 Peter 1: 7 where Peter urges us to add mutual affection and love to Godliness. Therefore, your Godliness is incomplete without Love.
and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love (NIV).
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (KJV).
and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit] (AMP).
In verses 5 and 6 of 2 Peter 1, Peter admonishes us that in exercising our faith with all diligence, we should add virtue to faith, add knowledge to virtue, add self-control to knowledge, add steadfastness to self-control, and to add Godliness to steadfastness. These character traits are part of the ‘skill-set’ we need to build our spiritual lives with fear and trembling.
Peter does not stop there however. He goes on to say in verse 7, that in addition to Godliness, you should add brotherly affection/mutual affection, and in addition, brotherly affection, you should have love. Mutual/brotherly affection can be a synonym for love.
GOD is Love (1 John 4: 8). Thus, you cannot claim to know GOD is you don’t love. The two greatest commandments are as follows:
37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’c 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’d 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (Matthew 22: 38-39 NIV).”
Your Godliness is not complete without loving GOD with the whole of your body, heart, and soul, and loving your neighbour as much as you love yourself. This is why JESUS even remarked that, ’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments’ in Matthew 22: 40 (NIV). JESUS was essentially saying that being religious alone is not the way to serve GOD. HE was saying this in the presence of the Pharisees (verse 41) who were very religious, but merciless.
The two greatest commandments are self-explanatory, but they are easier said than done. In the Church of today, many so-called Christians have forgotten the first purpose of going to Church to love GOD, and serve HIS People. Moreover, many ‘Christians’ have forgotten that the key to making Heaven is showing love to GOD’s People in the Church. They have forgotten Matthew 25: 34-36, where JESUS says the criteria for making Heaven is this:
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me (NIV).’
Awesome JESUS says the following in Matthew 7: 21-23:
21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers (NIV)!
Many people may think that their going to church and relentlessly engaging in church activities (just to be seen) is enough to get them to Heaven. Getting to Heaven in the end should be the ultimate goal of every Christian. Yet, they neglect the needy, the poor in the Church. And when another brother needs a hand, they either want to get paid for assisting, or do not bother to assist at all or do not even care about assisting someone else in need. And that is where they miss it.
GOD does not care much about tithes and offerings. After all, all the cattle ona thousand hills belong to HIM (Psalm 50: 10). If GOD were hungry (and HE’s not) you would not even know. Moreover, GOD does not care much about your Kingdom Service. After all, engaging in Kingdom service is largely for your benefit, not HIS (Matthew 6: 33). And if you don’t raise your voice to praise Him or engage in Kingdom service, HE will replace you with stones (Luke 19: 40).
The point: your Godliness is not complete without love. And until you obey the two commandments of love, GOD is not interested in your service or you money.
May GOD give you the Grace to love HIM above all, and love your neighbour as much as you love yourself. My name is Love. But, I still pray for HIS Grace. I am not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be. My favourite quote of mine is: ‘I am a piece of art GOD is still working on, and the beautiful result will be unveiled in eternity.’ Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love). I still pray to GOD to help me love HIM above all else with all my body, heart, soul, mind, destiny, EVERYTHING, and to love my neighbours and family as much as I love myself. ‘I have come to realise I did not come to the world for me; I came for others.’ Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
© May 2016