What We Need Is MORE Love!
In the article entitled, WHAT WE NEED IS LESS LOVE, we discussed areas
where LESS love is needed. The areas discussed were: we need less love
for self, for the pleasures of this world, for material wealth, for the wages of
unrighteousness and finally, for the praises of men! In conclusion, it was
stated, “But what we need more of is love for God’s truths found in the
Bible. Dear reader, where is your love focused, on things we need less love for
or on the truths of God’s word that all need more love of? Which?”
Since we last discussed the need for LESS love in the above mentioned
areas, in this article we will discuss areas whereby we need MORE love.
Please consider the following.
First, we need MORE LOVE FOR BOLD PREACHERS AND PREACHING! It has
become the norm of some preachers to avoid controversy and speak in such a way
to prevent upsetting anyone in the audience. “Paul and Barnabas waxed
bold” in their declaration of the word of the Lord even though many were
stirred to anger and eventually ran Paul and Baranabas out of town (Acts
13:46-51). Many brethren in the first century waxed bold in their teaching (Phil
1:14). Paul taught the Gospel boldly, even though he was persecuted (1 Thess.
We need preaching that is scriptural, specific and to the point, with proper
applications made. Bold preaching is needed on moral issues such as, immodesty,
social drinking, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, divorce, dancing, attending
the prom, materialism, filthy movies and TV shows, etc. When these issues are
ignored, then you have soft preaching. Paul command sharp rebuke of sinners, not
soft, meaningless “preaching” where application is not made (1 Tim. 5:20; Tit.
We need preaching that clearly marks and identifies error and false teachers of
error. Error must be marked according to Paul’s divine admonition — “Now I
beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to
the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Rom. 16:17). Paul
practiced what he preached and commanded to the Roman brethren concerning
marking and avoiding (2 Tim. 2:16-18; 4:10, 14; Gal. 2:11-14). This manner of
preaching was commanded of Timothy by Paul (2 Tim. 4:1-5). Therefore, if it was
needful and profitable to engage in such preaching in the first century, it is
especially needful in the twenty first century, because “evil men and
seducers shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived”
(2 Tim. 3:13).
It is a sad day when brethren shun and avoid preachers who preach the gospel
with boldness, clarity and love. It is not uncommon to see, preachers who follow
the apostolic pattern of first century preaching to be avoided, criticized,
vilified, falsely accused, and even fired. We shouldn’t think these actions on
the part of some to be unusual, though they are shameful and sad!
There are numerous accounts in the scriptures where messengers carrying forth
God’s word where ostracized and even put to death for declaring “all the
counsel of God” (Acts 20 27; cf. Acts 26:19-21). A few cases in point
that most Bible students are familiar with: (1) John, who lost his head because
he opposed the unlawful marriage of Herod and Herodias (Matt. 14:1-12; Mk.
6:14-28). (2) Stephen, who was stoned to death because of the bold preaching
wherein the present day Jews and their forefathers were accused and convicted of
rejecting the prophets, the law and the eventual murder of Jesus Christ (Acts
6:9-7:60). (3) And, Jesus the Master preacher and teacher, who was crucified and
slain because of the message He preached, which is recorded for our learning in
the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and frequently referenced in the
Yes, we need to have more love for the truth and those who boldly preach it.
Encouragement should be given to those willing to take a firm stand on God’s
word. Compromise with sin and error must be avoided and is not an option! The
proclamation of sound doctrine with boldness and love must be demanded and
supported by brethren for spiritual survival to occur in the sinful world we
live in. Please encourage gospel preachers you know to “speak boldly as (they)
ought to speak” (Eph. 6:20; Col. 4:4).
Second, we need MORE LOVE FOR DIVINE AUTHORITY! To act without
authority and to disrespect proper authority, is a serious matter. In every
avenue of life, authority must be respected. When authority is disrespected and
ignored, problems and trouble abound. The majority of problems in every society
are the result of a disrespect or lack of authority — problems in the home, in
schools, in the workplace, in government, in business, and in the Lord’s church.
Jesus laid claim to all authority in matters religious. He declared, “All
power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt.
28:18). He warned religious people of His day that works that were of the will
of the Father would be accepted by Him. He also declared that works that were of
the will of men were iniquity or lawlessness! This divine warning should strike
at the heart and thinking of every religious person, yet, in the religious world
today, there is gross disrespect for this warning! The Jews of Jesus day
questioned Jesus about authority, but displayed disrespect for divine authority
by their rejection of Him (Matt. 21:23-27; Jn. 1:10, 11). Clearly, the authority
of Jesus was from heaven and not of men!
When one engages in worship of the true and living God, it must be based on
heavenly authority for it to be “in spirit and in truth” worship (Jn.
4:21-24). Paul wrote of the zeal of Israel, but, their zeal was misplaced zeal
because they went about to establish their own righteousness and did not submit
to the righteousness of God (Rom. 10:1-3). They did not respect the authority of
When congregations of the Lord’s people add unauthorized practices to the work
and worship of the church, are they acting by the authority of heaven or of men?
When congregations engage in and sponsor recreational and social activities such
as summer camps, ball teams, meals in the “fellowship hall,” Christmas plays,
skits and parties, etc., where is their Bible authority? From heaven or of men?
When worship involves the use of mechanical instruments of music, hand clapping,
lifting up hands or humming in the worship, where is their Bible authority? From
heaven or of men? (cf. Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16) When women are placed in leadership
roles in the worship assembly, where is their Bible authority? From heaven or of
men? (cf. 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:15) You see, when religious works are done without a
clear apostolic example, divine implication, or direct statement, then the noble
question must be asked, “by what authority does thou these things? and who
gave thee this authority” (Matt. 21:23)? Let us heed the divine
instructions of Paul regarding authority, where he said, “And whatsoever
yea do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God and the Father by him” (Col. 3:17).
Third, we need MORE LOVE FOR THE LORD’S CHURCH! To have lack of
love for what Christ “purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28),
shows utter disrespect and disregard for “the blood of the covenant,”
counting it “an unholy thing” (Heb. 10:29). While lack of love is
displayed among many by disrespecting the divine mission of the church
(evangelism, edification and benevolence), there are many other areas where love
for the Lord’s body is neglected. Here are at least three areas where love is
Faithful attendance is commanded of all members (Heb. 10:23-26). To willfully
forsake the assembling of the saints, where God is worshiped and His word
studied, shows lack of love. Selfishness, and disregard for other members and
the Lord’s work is also displayed by those who forsake the assembly. Faithful
attendance indicates love for the Lord’s church.
Holy living by members of the Lord’s body is commanded (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal.
5:16-26; Col. 3:1-7; 2 Tim. 2:19). Members who live hypocritical lives bring
untold damage the Lord’s body. The apostle Peter wrote, “But as he which
hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it
is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:15, 16). It is not
difficult to see why holy and pure lives are commanded of God’s people. Purity
in life demonstrates love for Christ and His church.
Humbleness and submission one to another is commanded of members of the Lord’s
body. Paul taught that members are to have “the mind of Christ”
(Phil. 2:1-8). The lives of members are not to be driven by selfishness and
pride, but as Paul directs in Ephesians 4:1-3. Numerous divisions have occurred
because of members who had little regard for scriptural unity. Those who
endeavor to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,”
show love for the Lord’s church.
Fourth, we need MORE LOVE FOR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD! Hosea
wrote, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast
rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee...” (Hos. 4:6). With reading
comes knowledge. Without reading, one remains in ignorance. Consider some of
these passages that teach the importance of reading God’s word (Ex. 24:7; Duet.
17:19; 31:11; Josh. 8:34, 35; 2 Kgs. 23:2, 3; Neh. 8:8, 18; 9:3; Isa. 34:16; Jer.
36:6-13; Acts 8:27-32; 1 Tim. 4:13; Eph. 3:4; Col. 4:16; 1 Thess. 5:27).
After reading these passages, can we not see that knowledge can come only when
God’s word is read? Proper study of any subject demands reading. The only way to
know God’s will is to read and study it. The Hebrew writer severely condemned
ignorance (Heb. 5:12-14). Paul exhorted Timothy to “give attendance to
reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:13). Countless souls
continue to be destroyed because of lack of reading which results in “lack
Fifth, we need MORE LOVE FOR SACRIFICIAL LIVING! Inasmuch as God
sent His son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice to God for all men, all men must
sacrifice their lives unto God for the cause of Christ (Heb. 7:27; 9:26;
10:5-12; 11:4; 13:15). Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by
the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to
this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom.
We are to glorify God in this body (Matt. 5:13-16; 1 Cor. 6:20). Glorifying God
is brought about by living a Godly life and keeping ones self “unspotted
from the world” (Jas 1:27); by doing good works that are ordained of God
(Matt. 7:21-23); by remaining “faithful unto death” (Rev. 2:10).
Our life on earth must be spent in sacrificial service to God, preparing for the
life to come (cf. Amos 4:12).
In conclusion, we have mentioned and discussed several things whereby we need
more love. The areas mentioned are by no means exhaustive. There are many other
areas that could be mentioned where more love is needed, such as, more love for
the souls of the lost, for Godly homes, for scriptural discipline of wayward
members, for Godly leadership, etc. The points we have discussed should be
carefully examined and practiced by all who are striving for the heavenly