Closely connected with this love, as another element of preparation for Pentecost, was the brotherly love which Christ had taught them and wrought in them. He had bound them to Himself, but also to each other.
Christ ever dealt with individual men. He calleth His sheep by name. He knows and meets the needs of each. But His work does not end there. He makes them members of His body. The Divine life is a life of love. He leads us into a life of love; He calls us, His Spirit enables us, to love each other as He loved us. His own love is to dwell in us, and bind the body into a living whole.
In this is to be the Church’s power to convince the world of its Divine origin: a love that is supernatural and Divine. The union this love gives brings strength to each member, multiplying the strength of all by the aid derived from the whole body. It was this love that often made men say, See how they love one another. It was this love, in the unity of the body, that made feeble men and women strong to conquer.
This love was cultivated in close fellowship, both in Christ’s lifetime and after the Spirit came. It is this fellowship of love that is often sadly lacking in a congregation or a society.
A hundred men contribute to the same collection for mission work, and partake of the same Holy Supper, and yet know nothing of the interchange of mutual love and spiritual fellowship. When we begin to seek Christ’s Spirit in earnest for our mission work, or when we think that His first movings are felt, do let us remember that there is no place where the Spirit works so surely as when we are gathered together with our brethren into the Name of Jesus.
To speak together of that name and love has more to do with our spiritual life than we think. To give ourselves to encourage the feeble, to instruct the ignorant, to warn the erring, by telling what Christ is to us, is one of the sure means of drawing down the presence of the Lord, of building the separate members into one body, of rousing the hope of all and preparing them for that blessed outpouring of the Spirit which is indispensable if we are to witness for Christ in power.
Andrew Murray, The Key to the Missionary Problem (London: J. Nisbet & Co., 1902), 124–125.