The above command from Jesus should be what we all strive for. We should remind ourselves daily of this admonition. Jesus tells his disciples that loving one another is the key sign of their discipleship to Him. Love is paramount. Love of each other is what separated the disciples from the world. Love is the command. Love is greatest!
However, if we were to re-write this passage based on the action of many so-called Christians today it might read like this.
They will know you are my disciples by the back-biting, slander, malicious lies, hatred, bitterness, hit-pieces, envy and jealousy you have for one another?
So why am I going here today? Glad you asked.
I’m in Dallas at the Hear the Watchmen Conference. It’s been great. The folks are warm and friendly. The speakers’ messages electric. Our hosts Mike and Jeannie Kerr exhausted but they put on a first-class conference! All in all, it’s a great gathering of the remnant.
However, a blogger—whose name I won’t mention—writes a hit-piece on the conference calling all of the speakers’ wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Hatred? You bet.
Lies? Who is the father of lies?
Jealousy for perhaps not being invited? Most likely.
Spreading division? Check…
Slander? Right on cue!
This man needs a checkup from the neck up. He is nothing more than a shill for the enemy, i.e. Satan. He needs to repent but most likely he never will.
Our response? Our flesh would like nothing more than to act out. However, we pray for him. We put him in the hands of the living God knowing that his actions are the exact opposite of Jesus’ mandate above.
Folks, the back-biting has to stop. If you have something against your brother, go to him directly and work it out with him. I have people who write me about someone pointing out what they perceive as a fault. I write them back and tell them to take it up with the person. End of story.
If this blogger had something against the conference he should have contacted Mike or Jeannie directly. Instead, he takes his grievances and blasts them out on the Net.
It’s like taking a pillow filled with feathers, breaking it open and scattering the feathers in the wind. You can’t ever possibly gather them back again. So it is with these unjust, lies and slander. They are feathers in the wind.