|2 Samuel 1:26 |
26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of a woman.1
1 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of a woman. Note! David speaks of a pure, brotherly love that surpasses the love of a man for a woman. What man has known a love for a spiritual brother that surpasses the love for a woman? Only a man filled with God's spirit, filled with his love, the greatest gift of all. As Jesus prayed for his disciples and those who would follow their words and teachings; for them to be filled with the same love that the Father had bestowed on Jesus himself:
I have declared to them your name, and will declare it, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:26
And Christ further declared that this godly love, surpassing anything seen in the world, would be the mark of his disciples, so the world would know them:
I recall when I was searching for evidence in Christian history for something close to what was described in the Bible, in love and power. I came across a book, called Early Quaker Writings, not written by Quakers, where they mentioned that the early Quaker men wrote letters to one another, expressing their love for each other — something they said was unique in all their historical research. That was the tip off for me to dig deeper into the early Quaker record. The great early Quaker, Francis Howgill, used these exact words, (Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of a woman), in his eulogy to his beloved dead brother Edward Burrough. Such a statement is a reflection of the Christian love that all the brothers and sisters in Christ felt for one another — a pure, clean, holy love that evidenced their true Christianity. When you add their love for each other, to their persecutions, and consider the power they exhibited — the authenticity of their promise of their faith is without question. And so, therefore, is their promise of perfection and purity, for the grace that brings salvation shows one's sins, and the same takes them away.
I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another.
Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.
By this shall all know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35