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We are depressed at our losses and excited and joyful about our worldly successes and prosperity. But when it comes to spiritual matters, how dull we feel! How heavy and hard our hearts! We can sit and hear of the infinite height, and depth, and length, and breadth of the love of God in Christ Jesus, of his giving his infinitely dear Son–and yet be cold and unmoved!
If we are going to be emotional about anything, shouldn’t it be our spiritual lives? Is anything more inspiring, more exciting, more lovable and desirable in heaven or earth than the gospel of Jesus Christ? Not only is it worthy of our emotion, but it is shown to us in a way that should affect us emotionally. In the same way, the glory and beauty of Jehovah is worthy in itself to be the object of our admiration and love, but it is demonstrated to us in a way that should shake our hearts, for it shines with the luster of an incarnate, infinitely loving, gentle, compassionate, dying Redeemer. All the virtues of the Lamb of God, His humility, patience, gentleness, submission, obedience, love, and compassion, are exhibited in the gospel so that our emotions should be deeply moved. Christ should move us more deeply than any other thing, for he is the source of our hearts’ life, and our hearts’ feelings were designed to perceive him.”
We care for another. We serve alongside another. We give to one another, and we restore one another. We are for one another. This is what we do in the church. This is what it means to share life. We care for one another. It starts with us receiving mercy from God. We have mercy from God, and as a result of that, we reflect mercy toward one another.
How do we care for one another? Obviously, we love one another. It’s what Romans 12:9 says, “Let your love be genuine.” The word there, not a common term for Paul to use in that culture but agape love, this term for unselfish, self-giving love. And then he gets down later and he says, “Love one another with brotherly affection,” phila, storge basically a brotherly friend brother kind of love. And so we see this picture, family affections that are in the church. We love one another. We host one another so hospitality to one another.
We greet one another. We receive one another. We honor one another. “Outdo one another in showing honor,” Romans 12:20 says. What a great phrase. Outdo one another. We serve one another through love. “Serve one another,” Galatians 5 says. “We instruct one another,” We wait for one another.
We’re patient with each other. We forgive one another. We submit to one another, “We spur on one another.” We build peace with one another. Be at peace among yourselves. I love Galatians 6, “We bear one another’s burdens. We bear one another’s burdens. We encourage one another. “Build one another up,” it says and then we comfort one another. So after we encourage one another, we comfort one another. And this is 2 Corinthians 1. It’s a beautiful picture. You can go through even in that passage. Just circle every time you see comfort. I think it’s 10 times in that one paragraph alone. 2 Corinthians 1 talking about how we comfort each other and how suffering happens in our lives. God uses suffering for our sake to draw us to him to help us depend on him but not just for our sake. God uses suffering for others’ sake so that when we receive the comfort of God in suffering, we extend that comfort to others.
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the beginning and the end. The first and the last. He is the final amen. He is the bread of life. He is Christ our Creator, our Deliverer, our Everlasting father. He is God. He is the good shepherd. He is the great shepherd. He is the Great High Priest. He is the Holy One. The hope of glory. The image of the invisible God. He is the Great I AM. He is the judge of the living and the dead. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is majestic and mighty. No one compares to Him. The only begotten son of the Father, full of grace and truth. He is the power of God. The resurrection and the life. The supreme sacrifice. The Way, the Truth, and the Life. The very word of God made flesh…
And we, have reduced him, to a poor, puny savior, who is just begging for us to accept him….. accept him, as if Jesus needed our acceptance. Jesus doesn’t need our acceptance. He doesn’t need you or me at all. We need Him. We desperately need Him. For every breath we breathe we need Him. The only reason your heart or my heart is beating at this moment is because Jesus himself is giving it rhythm. And were he to stop, so would we. Where did we get the idea that He needs our acceptance? He is infinitely worthy of all glory in all the universe. And we are desperately in need of Him.”