A Higher Plane

July 19, 2022

Is there a dramatic difference between you and those in the world?  It is easy to profess the Christian life.  The question is, are you living the Christian life?  The life that God calls us to is radically different.  He calls us to holiness.  He calls us to be led by the Spirit, not by our natural impulses.  He calls us to walk in His love.  Knowing God—having a relationship with Him—will have a profound impact on us and will most certainly be shown in the way that we live.

Jesus said, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them.  If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  (Luke 6:31-36 NASB).  It is natural and common to love those who love you back.  But here is the test:  are you willing to love those who hate you?  When someone is unkind to you, will you treat them with kindness?  When someone speaks evil of you, will you give them a blessing?  Are you willing to do good for those who will never care and never say thank you?  Are you willing to give to those who can never pay you back?

You see, God is calling us to a higher plane!  To live in this way is not natural, but God is trying to get us to move away from what comes naturally to us!  He wants us to be like Him!  God loves His enemies.  God does good to those who do not care and to those who can never pay Him back.  God is merciful and kind.  He clearly demonstrated all of this when He sent His Son to die for us.  When we live like God, it shows that we are truly born of Him.  When we love like God, it shows that we are His children in reality—not just in empty words. 

May the Lord help us to truly live on a higher plane with Him, and thereby prove that we are His children.

—Scott Colvin


Walking in Love: A Matter of Life and Death

January 21, 2022

“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” (1 John 3:14 NASB) There is a test that will tell us if we truly share in the life of God. The test is this: do you love the brethren? If you are practicing the love of God, then you can know that you are no longer walking in death but have passed into the life of God. On the other hand, if you are not practicing love, then the word of God is very clear: You are abiding in death. Practicing love is a matter of spiritual life and death.

This truth is made even more plain in 1 John chapter 4. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8 NASB) Only those who walk in love really know God. Many will claim to know the Lord, but the stark reality is this; if we don’t love each other, then no matter what we say or feel, the truth is we don’t know Him. It is not possible to continue in unloving attitudes and actions and also be in a relationship with God, because God is love!

So, if love is this important to God, let us walk in it! Here’s how: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” (Ephesians 4:31-5:2 NASB)

Brethren, let’s not deceive ourselves. If we are not practicing these things, then we don’t know God. We are abiding in death. It’s that serious. Are you walking in love?