“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ,
let him be Anathema” (1 Corinthians 16:22 – KJV)
“If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ,
let him be accursed.” (1 Corinthians 16:22 – NKJV)
Anathema. Accursed. Sobering, frightening words.
- Not cursed because there was sin in your past.
- Not cursed because of your parent’s sin.
- Not cursed because of income or social status.
- Not cursed because of an accident or mistake.
What sin is so serious, so wicked, that it brings about a curse from God himself?
St. Paul says a person is accursed if he does not love the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, it is extremely important for us to know what love is.
- Love is not an emotion.
- Love is not mere words.
- Love is not a bumper sticker or T-shirt logo.
It is possible to have nice, warm, loving feelings about Jesus, and not actually love Him.
It is possible to go to church, and say, “I love Jesus,” and still not love Him.
It is possible to have Jesus on your T-shirt, and a fish on your car, and still not love Him.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
If you truly love Jesus, then you will obey the things He tells you to do. Whether He gives commands via the Church, or via the Scriptures, you will obey His voice.
According to Jesus, love can be identified by obedience.
If you don’t have one, you probably don’t have the other.
If we love Him, we will inherit the Kingdom.
If we do not love Him–if we are unwilling to obey Him–then we will be accursed.