And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood.
Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore.
For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
The Approaching Storm
Since God So Loved Us
There is not one of us who have placed our entire faith and trust in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who have not fallen short of loving others, especially the household of believers, as God has loved us.
Though this be the raw truth, it remains that Jesus calls and commands each and all of us, to "Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12). The operative word is, "as"!
Jesus' love never quit when His followers didn't love one another or others as He loved them. The power and perseverance of His unfailing love is what changed their hearts. And never so deeply as the depth of our Father's love in His Son laying down His life on the cross.
In the light of the majesty and splendour of this eternal love with which we are all loved, let it rise among us, in and over all things. Let this be so particularly in the face of the differences in how the Lord's people are viewing what is right and what is not, in these perilous times.
The valid issues cannot rule over God's love being at the core of our love for one another. Here is the operative word again at the outset of this well known Scripture. "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" (John 13:34-35).
Is there a calling to come together in some forum, as a beginning, even with the marked differences among us in how we are seeing things? Are we able to recognise the Lord's body, listen to one another, with faith and patience governing, and discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church - the ekklesia?
It will take as much humility as it took at the outset and upon foundation of our faith, when we first believed. Humbling ourselves will look like the love of the Holy and Righteous One, who loved us and gave Himself for us.
"Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:11).
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –
the fruit of lips that openly profess His Name.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.