If We Love One Another…

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. -1 John 4:12

How may we know whether we be Christians or not, whether the Lord is our dwelling-place, and will be throughout all generations?..It is remarkable that almost the only scriptural writer who speaks of God as a dwelling-place, is that most loving apostle, John…

He gives us in the 12th verse of the 4th chapter (of 1 John), one means of knowing whether we are living in God: “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.” And again further on, he says, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” You may then tell whether you are a tenant of this great spiritual house by the love you have toward others. Have you a love toward the saints? Well, then, you are a saint yourself. The goats will not love the sheep; and if you love the sheep, it is an evidence that you are a sheep yourself. Many of the Lord’s weak family never can get any other evidence of their conversion except this- “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” And though that is very little evidence, yet it is such a one that the strongest faith often can not get a much better… What! has the devil told thee thou art not the Lord’s? Poor Faintheart, dost thou love the Lord’s people? “Yes,” sayest thou, “I love to see their faces, and to hear their prayers; I could almost kiss the hem of their garments.” Is it so? and would you give to them if they were poor? would you visit them if they were sick, and tend them if they needed assistance? “Ah! yes.” Then fear not. You who love God’s people must love the Master. We know we dwell in God if we love one another. ~ C.H. Spurgeon



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