Cursed by God

“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.

Jesus said,

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.

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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1 Response to Cursed by God

  1. Pat Teague says:

    12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
    13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
    14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

    15:10 One cannot love God and disobey His commandments. To love God is to obey Him (14:15).
    15:14-15 Friendship is higher than servanthood. Servants obey their masters out of fear or a sense of duty; friends obey out of love and an internal desire to do what is good and right. Abraham was called a “friend of God” (Jam 2:23) because he obeyed God out of the belief of his heart. The disciples, and indeed all the saints, are honored as friends of Christ because they freely obey His commandments out of love. Those who have this spirit of loving obedience are open to receive and understand the revelations of the Father. (The Orthodox Study Bible)

    John 12, 13, & 14 are a circle – This is My commandment; love one another just like I love you. Lay down your life for your friends. You are my friends is you do what I command you. My command – love one another as I love you….

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