Scanned and Digitized from The Christain Pathway publication.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).
To have love for one another is good, but unless love is applied to one another it has not served its full purpose. There was never before nor since such love applied to another as the love our Saviour had and showed when He himself gave His life on the cross for our sins. We are able to see the difference between love and hate in 1 John 3:14-15: “We know that we have passed from death unto live because we love the brethren. . . . Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer bath eternal life abiding in him.” May we then show our love for our Lord and our brethren by applying it in every way we can. Jesus Himself proved this again and again as He set the example for the way we are to live, and may we follow in His footsteps. When the lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?” the example of the good Samaritan was given. The priest and the Levite passed by, but the Samaritan had compassion, and by it he did good to the poor man. We may ask ourselves what we would do in like circumstances. If a brother falls into error, what would we do? Would we just pass by without showing our love and trying to convert him from his error, or would we justify ourselves by thinking he should not have fallen for the wiles of Satan, and not try to help him? By following the way the Lord taught us, we know we have passed from death unto life! This is not something we should let pass, for to know we have eternal life abiding within us is all we have to sustain us through the fiery trials of life that we sometimes have to endure. As we find in Pslam 30:5: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Also, “The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.” We find in Our Favorite Hymnal #249: “Heaven is yours when earth is passed.” Again, Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Love is still the most important thing and the most powerful thing in the world. We then must not just love our friends and show it to them, but even our enemies, and pray for them.
– Elder Russel Key [from Elder Key newsletter]