Do you love the church?
The church consist of sinners justified by God as a gift by his grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a mercy seat in his blood through faith. They were all sentence to death but God gave them all the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is the command of the Lord Jesus Christ that we love one another, just as he loved us. He laid down his life for us and he calls us his friends if we love one another. We were slaves to sin but he redeemed us with his own blood. God chose us for salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “You did not choose me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in my name he may give to you.” (John 15:16) It is the commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ, that we love one another.
Not only is it his commandment, that we love one another, but it is his prayer to God that we love one another. On the night of his betrayal and arrest, the Lord Jesus Christ prayed to the Father God, that the people of the church would be one, just he and the Father are one, and that we would be one with them. His prayer for the church is to be perfected in unity. It is by our love for one another that all men will know that we are disciples of Jesus Christ.
Your Servant for Jesus’ Sake