Fraternal Love, Gratitude, and Repentance in Spiritual Awakening.
“Asher,” meaning “Happy,” is translated as fraternal love and communion (Psalms 133: 1-3).
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
Says In this passage, it is a commandment that is given. It is not your goodwill that is requested; it is an order. This is how people will know that you are a disciple of Jesus. 1 John 4:8 supports that: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.“
You cannot claim to love God and ignore or not greet people, even though you attend the same assembly. This means you do not yet know God. Find a day to confess Christ, because you just come to church, but you are not truly converted; you would indeed know that God is love if you truly knew Him. You must love your neighbor, otherwise, it is in vain that you tire yourself coming to church.
Naphtali, meaning “My Struggle,” is its symbol (Colossians 3:15). Living in ingratitude can deprive us of the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives, ingratitude towards God or our fellow human beings. We must, like David, always be mindful of God’s blessings, not forgetting them.
Gratitude also rhymes with repentance.
For to repent is also to acknowledge one’s faults and recognize the grace of forgiveness given to us through the blood of Jesus.
There are people who can go two or three months without repenting. Yet, you sin through your thoughts, your looks, your attitude. You must always turn to God in repentance. Repentance means turning away from your old life, breaking with sin, and being free. Without repentance, there is no revival.
When you sin, you must return through the blood of Jesus in repentance, contrition, and the blood of Jesus will purify you again. You must do it continually if you want to experience revival.
Without fraternal love, gratitude, and repentance, there can be no foundations for revival in the church.