“O Lord, Come!” #698

If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! (1 Corinthians 16:22, NKJV)

One might expect the apostle to use agapao here to describe one’s love for the Lord Jesus Christ. But, instead he uses a form of phileo, for he wishes to drive home the presence and value of one’s warm affection toward Jesus. Paul’s statement is full of emotion as he yearns for the coming of Christ. If anyone does not have personal love for Jesus Christ – a warm affection of loving devotion –  then that person is “accursed” before God (devoted to be cursed with destruction). Faithful Christians longs for the coming judgment of Christ (“O Lord, come!”). Examine your personal love for Christ. Do you anticipate His return out of your deep devotion and affection for Him? If so, then your life will be showing your love through your obedient faith.