Love Without Sacrifices Is No Love – Do You Truly Love Your Friends?
Text: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
A sacrifice is the practical demonstration of love, which Our ALMIGHTY GOD demonstrated to us mere mortals, and sandy men. He left His Kingdom and Glory to come and redeemed us from our sins through His own blood Acts 20:28, Revelation 1:5, Hebrews 9:12, by paying the ultimate price of sin for DEATH on the cross, a cursed death at that Galatians 3:13.
This demonstration of love that GOD demonstrated on us was not borne out of the fact that we loved Him earlier 1 John 4:19, because we never loved Him at all before He did for our sins Romans 5:8. The LORD only did this to deliver us from the eternal damnation of death, which was the consequences of the sins our fathers committed which we inherited by blood Romans 5:12.
Before Our saviour JESUS CHRIST was ever born, the mission of GOD to save us from our sins was ordained the moment Adam sinned Genesis 3:15, hence the Bible therefore says “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS” Matthew 1:21.
Love, the Bible says “SUFFERETH LONG, AND IS KIND; CHARITY ENVIETH NOT; CHARITY VAUNTETH NOT ITSELF, IS NOT PUFFED UP, DOTH NOT BEHAVE ITSELF UNSEEMLY, SEEKETH NOT HER OWN, IS NOT EASILY PROVOKED, THINKETH NO EVIL; REJOICETH NOT IN INIQUITY, BUT REJOICETH IN THE TRUTH; BEARETH ALL THINGS, BELIEVETH ALL THINGS, HOPETH ALL THINGS, ENDURETH ALL THINGS” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. If you consider these fifteen attributes of LOVE spelt out above, you will discover that it is never possible for you to love or say 'I love you', and yet sealed your mouth when you see your supposed friends wallowing in sin and heading straight to hell fire. No!!! love rejoices in the truth while it thinks no evil, neither rejoices in iniquity.
My dear brethren, we all today have friends by the grace of GOD across the world through the social media platforms. Some of us have thousands of friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, 2go, WhatsApp, Skype, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTub, Instagram etc, and several of these friends of ours are not Christians at all.
Some very small percentages of them are true born again Christians, while the rest of them are pretending Christians.
This is always evident by the things they both say and do because the Bible says a tree is known by the fruits they bear Matthew 7:16-20. Even when you discover that these friends of yours are sinning against GOD, instead of you to rebuke them of their sins and errors if you had actually loved them, you then chooses to be silent and live them to continue in their wickedness which has great eternal consequences, with the excuses that you don’t want to be seen as ‘more righteous’, or a ‘judge’ in their eyes. Friend, is this not wickedness?
I am sure you want the blood of the wicked to be asked from your hands in the last day, which is already a disqualification for you to enter heaven. By the grace of GOD, this will never be my portion in JESUS name. Amen. I will continue to advice, correct and rebuke where necessary whenever I see you my friends going astray and please, do the same thing to me because I am not yet perfect. Our GOD only rebuke and chastised those He loves Revelation 3:19.Hallelujah!
Ezekiel 3:18 “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THINE HAND.”
Ezekiel 3:20 “Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THINE HAND.”
Ezekiel 33:6 “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN'S HAND.”
Ezekiel 33:8 “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THINE HAND.”
The danger in this approach of yours is the fact that most of these sinning Christians amongst your friends may actually be ignorant of what they are ignorantly doing against GOD, which you know will deny them of ever entering heaven. Now that you have left them to themselves because a child left to himself will bring shame to his mother Proverbs 29:15, are you not therefore saying that ‘it is not your business whether they perish in hell fire?’ These are people that GOD himself brought your way so that the light of GOD in you might also shine in their hearts Matthew 5:13-16, which will open their eyes of understanding to know and understand what is expected of them as a child of GOD Ephesians 1:18.
JESUS CHRIST Our Master in John 14:15 said "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
Brethren you cannot claim to love GOD when you hate your neighbour. How can you love GOD you cannot see and yet hate your brother which you are seeing? 1 John 4:20.
You cannot claim to love GOD when you are flagrantly disobeying His word, with your continuous use of what He hates on your body, claiming that He is only concerned with your heart? 1 Corinthians 6:20. It is not possible to to love GOD and yet loves the pleasures of sin at the same time James 4:4.
Loving one another is the perfect indication that GOD is actually dwelling in you 1 John 4:12. How can GOD be dwelling in you and you want Satan to be dwelling in your friends, since you've refused to preached the gospel truth to them?
Pastor, how can you claimed to love GOD and yet members of your church are dying daily and ending up in hell fire, due to the fact that you have been hiding the truth from them? You certainly hated them.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love" 1 John 4:18.
So, you that is afraid of telling your friends the hard truth of the word of GOD, just because you don't want to lose their friendship and benefits you used to enjoy from them, or you are a pastor that is afraid that the moment you start preaching the raw truth of the word of GOD as it is written, by mentioning the things that GOD hates in your sermons thinking that you will lose these members of yours, my friend, this is a clear indication that you are not made perfect in love.
If you truly love these friends and members of your church as you claimed, you will not hesitate to preach the truth to them so that their souls will be delivered from the damnation of hell fire. Therefore what sacrifice have you burn for love? Remember Paul says that even though he does every other things successfully but without LOVE, he was nothing 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
Proverbs 17:17 "A FRIEND LOVETH AT ALL TIMES, and a brother is born for adversity."
An adage says "A man's friend will tell him that his mouth is smelling". How can you say you love me, and you even called me your friend but you always refused to correct me whenever you saw me doing wrong? How are you then my friend? You are nothing but a FRIENEMY (a friendly enemy).
When JESUS had finished ministering the hard truth to the people in the church John 6:59-60, that caused a lot of His disciples to withdraw from following Him John 6:66, He then asked the twelve disciples, "Will ye also go away?" John 6:67. Thank GOD for Apostle Peter who recognized that the word of 'eternal life' was being preached to them even though it was presented in a hard way, but he and others decided to stick with this hard truth, and JESUS was then revealed to them as CHRIST, the Son of the living GOD John 6:68-69. Hallelujah!
Proverbs 18:24 "A MAN THAT HATH FRIENDS MUST SHEW HIMSELF FRIENDLY: AND THERE IS A FRIEND THAT STICKETH CLOSER THAN A BROTHER."
If you are my friend, then prove it. Why see me wallowing in sin, disobedient to the authority of the word of GOD, and heading straight to hell fire and yet you refused to stop me? Are you truly my friend?
My friend is the one that will see me in danger and warn me ahead of time. Surely he is not the one that will see me heading for the rocks, apart from refusing to stop me but eventually ended up encouraging my crash by clapping and telling me that 'I am on the right track', whereas I am on the way of death and destruction in hell fire Proverbs 14:12.
What friend are you to me? Prove it now!
Dear friend, if ever I encouraged you not to sin against GOD by showing your errors to you through the undiluted word of GOD, which is forever settled in heaven Psalms 119:89, and you rather chose to be adamant, unrepentant, and finally died in your sins as a result of your stubbornness and hardness of your heart, then I hereby declare unto you according to the declaration of Apostle Paul that "your blood be upon your own head".
Acts 18:1 "After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. 5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. 6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles."
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear Mark 4:23.
God bless you all.