King's Business - 1938-09

November, 1938

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good for hatred; and prayer for persecu­ tion. It should be noticed that "love” heads the list, a fact which suggests that in "love" we have the spring of all the rest. Love is of God” (1 John 4 :7 ), not from mere hu­ man effort. And no man is able to manifest this highest of all virtues until he has been born of God. 3. “That ye may be the children o f your Father which is in heaven" (v. 45). This statement should not be read as if by lov­ ing our enemies men could become the chil­ dren of God. Love is the outward manifes­ tation of the new nature which we receive when we are bom of God. This truth is what John meant when he wrote: “Every one that loveth is bom of God” (1 John 4 :7 ). He does not say that every one who loves will be bom of God, but is born of God. The new love is the evidence of the new birth. This is exactly what our Lord taught when He said: "By this [love] shall all men know that ye are my disciples” (John 13:35). 4. “This is the first and great command­ ment” (Matt. 22:38). Christ made love for God the first duty of man, and love for one’s neighbor the second duty. The philos­ ophy of Humanism, with which modem the­ ology is more or less tinctured, has reversed the divine order. And this is being done in the alleged interest of humanity. The true “Humanism” is that which puts God first, for it is God who represents the true interests of all men, not merely the few. Golden Text Illustration J ohn 13:34 Last year, when I was coming back to England from America, I traveled with a man of almost world repute as a surgeon. The first night out, some one entered his cabin and took from the table a presentation gold watch, which was, of course, far more valuable than its cost represented. . . Later I met my friend in London, and he said, "I have just had an intimation from the police of Liverpool that my watch has been found, and that they have laid hands on the man, one of the crew, who took it.” He professed great satisfaction, but told me no more. One who was traveling with him, his friend and secretary, said to me later: "Do you know what he did? He telegraphed to know whether the man had a wife and family: and, learning that he had, he put a sum of money in the hands of the police in Liverpool to support them while the man was in prison.” I do not know whether that thief is con­ verted yet; but he has seen the love of Christ triumphing over his wrongdoing in a conquest which is altogether divine. —J. S tu a rt H olden , in 5,000 Best Mod­ ern Illustrations, by Hallock. Who Is My Neighbor? L u k e 10:25-37; J ohn 13:34, 35 Memory Verse: "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). Approach; Now we have been studying the Ten Commandments which God gave to Moses long ago and which were to show the people on this earth how God wants us to act toward Him and how He wants us to act toward each other. The Lord Jesus’

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indeed the followers of the Christ of Cal­ vary. IV. T h e L im it o f L ove (J o hn 15:12-14) There is no greater love than that which is willing to forfeit life for the sake of the friend that is loved (v. 13). “Ye are my friends,” the Lord Jesus added, "if ye do whatsoever I command you” (v. 14). He does not necessarily mean that one will actually pass through the experience of death for his friend’s sake, although that too is included. But He refers to the love that is willing to "lay down his life.” We are His friends—He has made us so Him­ self—and He waits for us to lay down our lives for our Friend. Many would be will­ ing to endure a martyr's death, but to lay the life down in the daily round of homely duties, doing all things to Christ’s honor and glory, and living His life among our fel­ lows, is what He really desires of His friends. “Greater love hath no man than this . . . ”—to lay down the life for the sake of the friend, and, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Points and Problems 1. "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy” (Matt. 5:43). It was not the Old Testament law that said a man should hate his enemy. That command was wholly of human origin. The law did command men to love their neighbors (Lev. 19:18), and the doctors of the law drew out of this com­ mand the false inference that the enemy should be hated. As a matter of fact, the preceding verse warns men against the sin of hatred: “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart” (Lev. 19:17). 2. "Love . . . bless . . . do good . . . pray” (v. 44). In these verbs we have set forth the attitude of the child of God to­ ward those who are enemies. W e should return love for enmity; blessing for cursing;

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