To Love

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)

It is hard to love those that wrong us but Jesus lived in a manner that we could learn from. Indeed, Jesus lived as an example so that we could learn from Him. Yes, He got mad and frustrated. Matthew 21:12 states that Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves.”  But as we also should note, Jesus still took the sick and the blind that were in that temple and healed them. He showed love, compassion, and faith every day to those who never deserved it. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

As our Lord and Saviour hung on a cross being crucified, He asked for forgiveness for those around him. Even in sacrifice, He willingly FORGAVE them who shouted “crucify Him, crucify Him” even though they never deserved to be forgiven. Moreover, He was betrayed by one of his best friends. This is the same disciple that Jesus loved even when He turned his back on Him and yet, Jesus forgave him.

In other words, He taught us that being humble doesn’t mean we have to be weak. Rather, being humble makes us strong because it makes us more like Him. Next time you are wronged, instead of holding in all that pain and hate, think about Jesus’ example. Be humble. Forgive and show that person the same LOVE Jesus showed His persecutors as He hung on a tree … and love them like He loves us.

“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness came by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:19-21)

If we look at this same scriptural passage as presented by the Living Bible, the love of God for you and I is explained in the following fashion.

“What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with Him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.

My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.”

You see, God loves us regardless of who we are….asking for forgiveness for our sins and asking for Him to live in our hearts is the first step in being able to share the awesomeness that HIS love will become in our lives. It requires a change in our hearts … but the rewards are tremendous. Give yourself to Jesus. His love will conquer your mountains, valleys and molehills. And then do as Jesus commanded — love one another. Life doesn’t get much better than that. ❤

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