THE SHARED LIFE
GALATIANS 6: 1 - 5
(PAGE 1706 COME ALIVE BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST said, "A new commandment I give to you, that you
love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one
another" (John 13: 34).
The distinguishing mark of the followers of Christ is not signs,
wonders, eloquence, or organizational power. It is the love of
Christ in us that allows and enables us to love one another.
Christians, that is, followers of Christ, are not to live in
scattered vacuums clinging to past memories of Him.
Neither are they to become self-centered ingrown cliques.
They are to be distinguished by love for the least, the last,
and the lost which has Christ as its only Source and needs no
In Galatians 6:2, Christ's statement is called "the law of
Christ." The principle of the law of Christ is shared love
resulting in support of each other.
This command by Christ is illustrated by His own example. We are
to love as He loved us. How did He love us?
a. His love was constant. The verb tense of this text means
"keep on loving."
b. His love was self-sacrificing.
c. His love was unconditional. He expects ours to be the same.
The importance of this command is indicated by the fact Christ
immediately repeated it: "...as I have loved you, that you
also love one another."
In a family or a church or any other group there are certain
essentials for harmony and enjoyment. The "law of Christ" is
basic to each.
I. SHARE RESPONSIBILITIES TOGETH ...
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