Do you think that most Christians today in America do not have compassion for others?
I believe this is a problem for many Christians as well as non-Christians. Otherwise, God would not have said,
This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'” (NASB) Matt. 22:38-39
Encouraged To Love
The Holy Spirit encourages all Christians to love each other, because we are not perfect beings even though our sins are forgiven. God has even had to tell us how to love each other through the Ten Commandments.
|You shall have no other gods before Me.|
|You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.|
|You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain|
|Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.|
|Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.|
|You shall not murder.|
|You shall not commit adultery.|
|You shall not steal.|
|You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.|
|You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.|
|(NASB) Exodus 20:3-17|
Jesus and the apostles repeatedly called Christians to love one another. That means Christians have not arrived yet. Here is a list of them – of all the one anothers in the New Testament that talk about love.
|Reference||Love One Anothers (NASB)|
|John 13:34||A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.|
|John 15:12||This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.|
|John 15:17||This I command you, that you love one another.|
|Rom. 13:8||Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.|
|1 Thess. 4:9||Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another . . .|
|1 Peter 1:22||Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart . . .|
|1 John 3:11||For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another . . .|
|1 John 3:23||And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.|
|1 John 4:7||Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.|
|1 John 4:11||Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.|
|1 John 4:12||No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.|
|2 John 1:5||And now I ask you, lady, not as writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.|
Mark of a Christian
Yes, we are called to love each other through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the marks of a true Christian is that we love one another. The pattern of life of Christians is that they love one another more than non-Christians love others.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar . . . (NASB) 1 John 4:20
Men and women who are real Christians will love others. God is in the process of changing all of us. Some who had little compassion, some who were mainly self-centered, and some who were unloving are becoming more loving and compassionate each year as Jesus makes changes in their lives.
Are we to love others more? Yes! Do we lack compassion? Yes, at times. Are without love? True Christians have love and compassion as a pattern of their life!
We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar, for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. (NASB) 1 John 4:19-20