“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.”
The key to loving others is an unlikely formula. How God shows that a believer will learn to love others is much different from what most preachers would prescribe. The key to loving others can never be done through inaction, but it will only be achieved by action.
God gives several things the believer must do if they are going to become a person who loves one another. You will notice that God says, “These things I command you, that ye love one another.” In other words, the keys to loving one another are not a choice, but a command. If you are not obeying the keys it takes to love one another, you are disobeying God. Let me point out these keys that the verse above gives to loving one another.
First, realize you are chosen. God says, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…” This does not mean that only a chosen set of people can get saved; rather, it is saying that once you get saved you are chosen by God. In other words, you are part of a special team when you get saved. Just like there are the special forces of each military branch, God has His special forces and that is everyone who is saved. When you got saved, you became a part of God’s special forces to reach the lost for Christ. You will never learn to love one another until you realize you are part of Christ’s special and elite forces.
Second, understand your orders. God continues to say, “…and ordained you…” In other words, you are not only a part of God’s special forces, but He has also given you orders. When the special forces of the military receive orders, they are going on a mission. Likewise, the believer is given orders. You have no choice but to obey those orders or be disobedient to your Commanding Officer who is God.
Third, be a soul winner. The orders God gives is to “go and bring forth fruit.” When you obey God’s orders as a part of His special forces, you are going into a spiritual warfare to see the lost get saved. When the believer understands his orders are to go and bring forth fruit, they will then understand why God commands them to be holy and to live a separated life from the world. You will never be the believer that God intends for you to be without being a soul winner. The believer who is not soul winning is the believer who is derelict in their duties.
Fourth, follow through with your converts. When the special forces go on a mission, they often bring back people who have been held captive. Likewise, the believer who obeys their orders to go will often bring back fruit that remains. You will never complete your mission as a believer without having fruit that remains. That means that you must invest your life in others until they become a part of God’s special elite forces who reach the lost and bring forth fruit themselves.
Fifth, stay in communication with God. It is important for the special forces to be in communication with their commanding officer; likewise, it is imperative for the believer to be in touch with God through prayer if they are going to complete their mission of bringing forth fruit.