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1 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION

2 Today discussion is a complex one. By the help of the Holy Spirit we may attempt to unveil the things that are militating against love in the local congregation. The importance of love among Brethren cannot be over emphasised as it is a mark of Discipleship A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35 KJV)

3 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Our identity for the world to know us as Church of Christ members or Disciples of Christ Jesus is when we demonstrate love for one another; thats what the scripture is saying – not trying to prove the one true church, not justifying your doctrine or teachings but a demonstration of love among the brotherhood just the same ways Christ loved the disciples. If only we could practice the love Jesus had for His disciples, the local Congregation is marked for glory. It will win souls for Christ! It will make tremendous impact on the community it lives and loves. It will have the approval of God and respect of the men for the world will then know that we are His Disciples.

4 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION The church is made up of people of diverse ideas, personalities, abilities, interests, backgrounds, etc., this has always been true, is true now and will always be so. Love is the oil {lubricant] that keeps the machinery working smoothly without heat or friction. {Explain} Why is this vital ingredient lacking in the local Congregation? Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, (1 Peter 1:22 NKJV)

5 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION The phrase "with a pure heart fervently," means that it should be genuine love, proceeding from a heart in which there is no guile {craftiness} or hypocrisy {pretence, insincerity} ; and That it should be intense affection, not cold and formal, but ardent and strong. If there is any reason why we should love true Christians at all, there is the same reason why our attachment to them should be forceful

6 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION The effect of this influence of the Holy Spirit in applying the truth is to produce love to all who are Christians. Love to Christian brethren springs up in the soul of every one who is truly converted: and this love is just as certain evidence that the seed of truth has germinated in the soul, as the green and delicate blade that peeps up through the earth is evidence that the seed sown has been quickened into life. Recall the fruit of the Spirit But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:22-26 NKJV)

7 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION A soul that is not truly converted cannot generate a pure love for the Christian Brethren. One factor for lack of love in the local congregation is lack of true conversion of the Souls of men. Most of the friction, leading to strife and estrangement among brethren, is caused by the fact that we are too touchy! {Quick to take offence, difficult to handle, quick-tempered, sensitive, impatient, irritable} warri say our body dey hot! 1 Cor 13:5, Philips translation renders it this way Love is not touchy, while King James Version is the familiar Love is not easily provoked. Touchiness is a direct result of being too full of self, inflation of the ego, of being too anxious to impress, cherishing ideas of ones own importance.

8 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way. (Romans 14:13 NKJV) One of the factors responsible for lack of love in the Congregation is our Judgemental attitude. If disposed to judge, let us be employed in a better kind of judging; let us come to a determination not to injure the cause of Christ. Some men have an irresistible propensity to sit in judgment, to pronounce opinions. Let them make good use of that. It will be well to exercise it on that which can do no injury, and which may turn to good account. Instead of forming a judgment about others, let the man form a determination about his own conduct.

9 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Paul in this passage says let us therefore stop turning critical eyes on one another. If we must be critical, let us be critical to our own conduct and see that we do nothing to make a brother stumble or fall. Love never interprets circumstantial evidence in such a way as to allow room for an evil thought in a matter. Or perchance, if an evil thought comes in, the mind and heart offer it no hospitality; do not invite it to stay but make haste to eject it! In other words, love strives for the best in all situations. It may see the act but does not attempt to judge the motive. For one thing love knows the utter impossibility of correctly judging anothers motives. We may know too well what one does but not why he does it! For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:11 KJV)

10 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Another major reason for lack of brotherly love is selfishness! Many seek after their own! Always want to know what is there for him! Anything done outside this represents lack of love. Its such that cry wolf; then no dey show love Blame culture sets in. Such selfish brothers are always finding faults to hinge their weakness and spiritual bareness to. Looks for excuses that because of xyz that is why he fails to fellowship with the saints. That is why he withdraws fellowship. Does such know the importance of being saved? Genuine love must be expressed and not just explained. You determine what love is by seeing what loves does. The bible teaches love is what loves does! We own each other such love and not sitting in one place waiting who radiates love to you.

11 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Love is unselfishness. Love seeketh not her own (1Cor. 13:5). Love does not pursue selfish advantage.it is only by denying self that love becomes possible! In the denying of self for the sake of Christ it then becomes a reality that it is no longer we that live but Christ (who is love personified) who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). It must be characteristic of Christian that he Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:4 KJV)

12 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Envy is another barrier militating against love in the local Congregation. This has resulted to murmuring and sighing and hissing instead of having a bowel of joy and kindness over the blessings of your brother! Love envieth not This lack of envy on the part of love has been called the grace of magnanimity {high-mindedness, benevolence, generosity}. It is this which enables us to rejoice with those who rejoice {Romans 12:15} instead of being envious of their good fortune. Somehow it doesnt seem to be difficult to weep with those who weep. Most are easily moved by the grief of others. Rejoicing is quite another matter. Let another get that increase, that promotion, that acknowledgement of a job well done, and what happens? The little god of jealousy rears his ugly head and the dread disease of envy begins to gnaw at our spiritual vitals. Loves attitude is, Im glad you got it. Id rather see you have it than to have it myself.

13 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION The reason we do not love one another as we should is simply because we do not love our master supremely. Our Master demonstrated love to us and expects us live the same way. But what do you get a contrast. If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23 KJV) God is love and when God dwells with you; oh what a spring of love you radiates among men.

14 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Another major killer of brotherly love in the congregation is divisions among brethren {1 Cor. 1:10} if you dont belong to peters camp, then your issues are not taken seriously. We pay particular attention to some while some are neglected. What am I saying; certain brothers issues or benevolence should be handled differently. We tend to be more sensitive to some. Such love is not of God but rather fleshing. These are demonstration of carnality. The converted soul that has fruit of spirit manifesting the love of God shall not be divisive in his love. While the carnal mind thinks what he gets from such love, the Spiritual man demonstrates divine love.

15 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION Worldliness is also responsible for lack of love among brethren. Many have love for people of the world than our beloved brethren. Typical examples; when a request conflicts with a brother and a friend in the world; some will take preference with the friend in the world. Another example; Christian social activity say marriage or Burial. If transport is not available or the one provided is filled some could hardly make alternative arrangement, let the failure be hinge on the church failure to provide transport. Should they manage to arrive there and you seek for support for the celebrant/mourner what you get is best imaged. Same group should it be their worldly friend, they could go extra length to ensure they attend and well represented. To such they say you do for me I do for you, this is not love. Where is your love for your brethren?

16 WHAT CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LACK OF LOVE IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION CONCLUSION Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8 KJV)

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