Good post at Jesus Without Baggage
Jesus was not big on commandments. His opinion about rules and commandments were reduced to two. Matthew chapter 22 reports Jesus as saying:
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Jesus Issues a New Command
But in his last hours Jesus issued another command. Jesus and his closest disciples were sharing the meal we now call the last supper, and Jesus surprised them by taking a basin and towel and washing their feet like a servant.
Afterward, Jesus told them he would be leaving them and they could not follow. Understandably, this created confusion, but Jesus had one more thing to say to them before he left; it was a command. John Chapter 13 records it for us:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
This does not mean that we should not love non-believers as well, but Jesus specifically commanded his followers to love one another. We should love our fellow followers in a special way, for we share the same center of our lives—Jesus….
This post has given me an opportunity to say something which has been on my heart for the past week. Little over a week ago I received a lengthy comment inside my dashboard under the post, A Pentecostal Goes to Palestine: I wish I was back in Mea Shearim. Don’t bother looking for it for you won’t find it–I refused to allow it to be posted. There was no profanity involved but this commenter did nothing but attack a fellow Christian’s comment by verbally attacking the character of the particular commenter they disagreed with. It was vile and needless to say extremely un-Christ-like.
It’s not the first time nor will I be surprised if it’s the last time I’ll log in to find a comment which instead of taking on the issues, attacks a fellow-commenter because they happen to disagree with them. But I have to make this clear friends…I’ll NEVER allow you to attack someone else who comments here at my blog by character assassination. Period. Strong disagreements? fine…even heated one’s if those involved remember we are ambassador’s of Christ first. But frankly, and this is my opinion only, the fact you feel the need to verbally attack the person instead of presenting facts which dispute their conclusions, shows me and the world you have no logical argument to present.
I sincerely thought of personally writing this person in question, but felt it would only open the door to further nastiness so waited for an opportunity to present itself so as to address it –and this post at Jesus Without Baggage did so. After all, as the author pointed out, we can disagree but the bottom line is,
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Showing the world (which includes the lost who read here) anything less is not acceptable–at least it’s not acceptable at Sola Dei Gloria.