Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 84. The key word in all believers' relationships is Love.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
I have been transporting you 33 years later to another night which was not glorious, not accompanied by angels, nor the singing voices of the angelic hosts, nor was there joy.
Jesus with great patience and much compassion and understanding took the time to talk with these men about how they might carry on without Him after He left the earth.
A second major lesson that TLJC used after His teaching concerning abiding in Him, was to reveal to the disciples the importance of their relationship with one another.
That one area represents the greatest area of struggle for the Christian, and it might very well be that we struggle mostly with relationships, because we have really never understood what Jesus said about them the last night He was with His men.
Verses 12-17 talk about the relationship of believer with believer and the key word is Love.
One other relationship is continually a matter of struggle - the believer with the world, the last part of the chapter, verses 18-27.
The key word is Hate - it appears 8 times in 10 verses.
That is what we could expect out of a world that is out of touch with God and out of union with Christ because there is disunion between the believer and the world.
Let’s take a look; we have a command to love, so we better find out.
You have to grow up spiritually, just as when you were born physically you had to grow up before you could face anything in life and take responsibility for your own decisions.
Marriage puts 2 people, a man and a woman, in confined quarters.
Marriage usually begins with the total attraction between two persons, but as it progresses, also it retrogresses.
Marriage should be the beginning of love not the end of love.
A genuine marriage starts with some sort of love and as time goes on, and the two involved become less attractive physically, the relationship becomes greater.
EPH 4:31 let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you along with all malice.
The word here which destroys relationships and especially marriage = “bitterness.”
EPH 4:32 and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you