I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,
Insights: The second characteristic that defines a mature Christian who eats meat is LOVE. 1 John 4:8b tells us “God is love.” Matthew 22:34-40 tells this history, “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” When we only drink milk we find that our very nature is at stake. In other words, God’s nature, His very essence, is love. If we are born again and have that saving relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Son, then we also have His very nature living inside of us. We are now alive and free to be His image bearers and His image is that of LOVE. The problem is that it is not always easy or convenient to love people. There are some people in this world that are just not very lovable. In fact you would rather curl up with a pit viper than you would some of these people. Yet, in spite of our earthly, human, emotions and feelings, we are commanded to love these people. Why is such a command given? There are three primary reasons. 1. Because it is one of the tools God uses to purge your old sinful nature. Theologically speaking we call this the process of sanctification. 2. Because we are being sanctified, we begin to bear the image of God more fully in this world and this world desperately needs to be loved. 3. When we are image bearers we are pointing lost people to the very God that can save them. The first place we live out this practice of love is in the local church. The lost world knows the reputation of a church. They know if that church is known for its love or for its fights. So, if we are fussing and not living at peace with our siblings, we are not bearing the image of God and as a result becoming a detriment for the lost to become saved. Oh, Father, forgive us when we do not love.
- Is your life characterized by the fussing of little children?
- What steps can you take to live at peace with your siblings?
Prayer: Father, You ARE love. I am Your child, and therefore, an image bearer of You. Purge my life of self and let me display Your love to all mankind. Amen.