John 15:12 – 14 (NLT)
” This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”
Love is hard. Love is not a bag of beans. It’s not cheap. It’s not easy. It’s not something to take lightly.
When Jesus said we should love each other the Way he has loved us, few of us really believe he actually meant that. Even if in principle, we kind of believe, deep inside of us, we really don’t. Because we actually don’t think about it. when we read that verse, we have this idea of a generic “I love you with the love of the lord” and other christianese clichés, we hardly ever understood the weight of it.
Consider this: How does Jesus love you? He loves you enough to abandon the glory of heaven and come to earth to live like a poor, rejected man and then die brutally for you, while you were still reveling in sin.
He loves you enough to forgive every kind of sin you commit and accepts you with your imperfections. With no condemnation or judgement.
How many of us love like that? Do we even think we should love like that?
I have been convicted by this for the past couple of weeks and I can’t see any way forward but to cry out to the Holy Spirit to help me. I can be incredibly selfish sometimes and Jesus keeps telling me that love is sacrifice. Love is laying down everything, forgetting about ourselves and what makes us comfortable and meeting the needs and caring for other people.
Love shows in our attitude towards other people, how we talk to them, what we say to them, how we make ourselves available for service, how we open our hearts and our homes to be a place of comfort for other people.
You can’t think about yourself and love successfully. Love is giving yourself.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NLT
“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”
Are you willing to do that?