In a society where self is such a dominating factor how can we learn to love like Jesus? Everywhere we look we find reasons to doubt, to distrust, to hate, to judge, to criticize, to condemn, to convict, and to persecute. The things of this world stand in direct opposition to love. What we grow up learning of love is so often twisted, fragmented, and self-serving.
The people we love are going to hurt us eventually, in some measure, and what then? Can we really love them when they disappoint us? Betray us? Leave us? Jesus loved us even when we nailed him to the cross, when our sins were hurting His flesh and breaking His heart, He loved us. Jesus though took all of our sin upon Himself and He took it to the cross and He DIED for it so that you and I don’t have to!
Do we really understand this? If Jesus the perfect son of a perfect God died for us and did so because He LOVES us then who are we to deny others of love?
Only thru the Holy Spirit can we truly love others. First though we must accept His love towards us and then the love will flow through us towards others. When we begin to understand that God is a God of reconciliation and love and mercy and that Jesus Christ was the ONLY way that we could EVER be reconciled to God then we can learn from Him, His ways, His love, and His sacrifice.
Loving someone is not about how good it feels or how much it heals us or how much he or she does or doesn’t deserve it. It’s just about Love. For love’s sake. When we can find love for that disgusting and totally despicable outcast that terrorizes us and our loved ones, when we can forgive that person for destroying everything we hold precious, when we can NOT condemn and judge and persecute, then we can just barely begin to comprehend what it means to love. Only thru Jesus Christ and His Spirit can we even hope to learn of love.
Matthew 5:43-48 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
I Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faht, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
I Thessalonians 3:11-13 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: to the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.