Paul N. F. (22 March 2011)
"Growing Love for Our Fellow Christians"

Growing Love for Our Fellow Christians

By A. W. Tozer

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another, --John 13:35

    Sometimes an earnest Christian will, after some
remarkable spiritual encounter, withdraw himself from
his fellow believers and develop a spirit of faultfinding.

    This is a dangerous state of mind, and the more
dangerous because it can justify itself by the facts---it
may easily be true that the professed Christians with
whom he is acquainted are worldly and dull and
without spiritual enthusiasm.

    It is not that he is mistaken in his facts that proves him
to be in error, but that his reaction to the facts is of the
flesh!  His new spirituality has made him less charitable,
and we must be cautioned that any religious experience
that fails to deepen our love for our fellow Christians
may be safely written off as spurious.

    The Apostle John makes love for our fellow
Christians to be a test of true faith, insisting that as
we grow in grace we grow in love toward all of God's
people: "Every one that loveth him that begat loveth
him also that is begotten of him" (I John 5:1).  This
means simply that if we love God we will love His
children.  All true Christian experience will deepen
our love for other Christians!

    Therefore we conclude that whatever tends to
separate us in person or in heart from our fellow
Christians is not of God, but is of the flesh or of
the devil.  Conversely, whatever causes us to love
the children of God is likely to be of God!

Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.