According to the scripture people cannot love God if they do not love people, especially those of the household of faith. You have probably heard it said “I love God and what He has done for me but not so much people”. It’s understandable that some people depending on their life experiences have a harder time with trust and relationships than others, but that does not change God’s Two Greatest Commandments to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31. The scripture without additional emphasis is still the Word of God but goes further and states “There is no commandment greater than these. I will add if people have been Christians for many years, we should be responding faithfully to those commandments.
The Lord takes His Greatest Commandments very seriously, hear these Words from the scripture: I John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Another way that might be said is “Do not be deceived, if you love God you must love people”.
If we want people to realize we are Disciples of Jesus Christ, they have to realize we care for them, otherwise we have believed in vain.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
There were 5 professing Christians arguing in public and it got worse and became embarrassing for many, filled with anger and loudness, harsh words, and others began to observe. Those who were watching and drawn to the argument said “They are obviously not Christians or they would not be acting that way”. A person near by, says “they are probably just having a bad day”, but another person says “unfortunately they have seen them do that for a long time, at least 5 years. That should be a warning sign to people, if we find ourselves in such a situation regularly, then it’s time for a major soul searching to make sure we are in the faith, and if we are, it’s time for repentance and apologies, and to seek God’s forgiveness, and to make a sincere effort to do better.
That hits at the core of who we are as God’s children. People can express opinions and views and even look out for themselves in controversies, but in a proper way. The Lord Jesus deserves us to be the example and show love, care, compassion, and forgiveness.
God can deal with us however He desires, but the majority of the time it is through conviction, gentleness and love, not like the five people who were setting the wrong example in public. Were those people true Christians if they act that way regularly, and if they are, will God bless such behavior, and lastly does such behavior open the door for Satan to step in and create more confusion?
I will say again, can we love God but not people; the scripture says God’s people will love and care about others.
The Lord will bring many blessings when we do our best to follow Him especially in keeping His Two Greatest Commandments.