Life Producing Love
1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, (14) We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brothers. He who does not love abides in death.
1 Cor. 12:25 That there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same care for one another.
All those who have passed from death into life love one another. All those who are members in the Body love one another. This love is produced by life and is spontaneous. Everyone who is genuinely born of God has God’s life. Those who are saved by God spontaneously love their fellow members. Whether or not a person has been told to love another one, he will have a feeling of love for his brothers. It is true that we often have to remind others to love their brothers. But these reminders will not supply what they do not already have; it will only make them more zealous for what they have. If love is there, it is there. If it is not there, it is not there. Once we meet one of God’s people, we spontaneously love him. We cannot explain, but within there is such a feeling; within there is such a love.
A brother had a son. When others asked him, “Now that you are a father, do you love your son?”, he answered, “A week before I became a father, I kept wondering how I could love my son. But the minute my son was born, my heart spontaneously went out to him when I saw him, and I loved him.” Love is an inner feeling; it is something produced from the inside, rather than something taught from the outside. Every child of God who is redeemed by the Lord’s blood, who has received the Lord’s life, and who is baptized into the Body of Christ spontaneously loves his fellow members. Many times we meet someone who genuinely belongs to the Lord. It does not matter whether he is from far away or from the same city or whether he is cultured or uncultured. It does not matter what nationality he has or what job he occupies. The minute we find out that he is a Christian, spontaneously there is a love for him. Love is a feeling of life. As long as we are in the Body, we will have this feeling.