FATHER, Your SPIRIT asks: do I love others from the first day I believed until now (Heb 6:11) (1 John 3:14)?
“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints…” (Heb 6:10 ESV).
“It is important that you love the brethren from the standpoint of your own assurance of salvation” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 14th).
“The evidence…which we allude is love to the saints….even the faint and imperfect manifestation of it by one saint to another will constitute valid evidence of his relationship to God and of his inheritance of life eternal” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Dec 6th).
“Your attachment to Jesus, so inconstant, so wavering, and so cold, may often have raised anxious fear and a perplexing doubt. But your love to the people of God has been like an anchor to your soul. This you have not questioned, and you could not doubt. You loved them because they were the people of God; you felt an attachment to them because they were the disciples of Christ. What does this prove, but your love to God, your affection to Jesus, and your own participation in the same divine nature” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, April 5th).
“…a very good and a very subtle test of whether we are children of God is whether we really love and like God’s people and whether we like to be amongst them” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p29).
The word, “Christian” has many diverse meanings depending on who you ask. But ultimately it encompasses a firm set of moral standards. Most worldviews today do not embrace a set of standards designed for everyone. Instead, everyone has his or her own set of standards.
But FATHER, as a “Christian” Your Word dictates my standards; I do not have the liberty to pick and choose what I believe. Therefore to obtain my solid assurance of living with CHRIST, I must follow Your dictates revealed in Scripture:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him”(John 3:36 ESV).
“…whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life”(John 5:24 ESV).
“…believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,”(Rom 4:24 ESV).
“…whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”(Heb 11:6 ESV).
“…believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him”(1 John 4:16 ESV).
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! (Ps 27:13 ESV).