What does it mean to Love one another as He has loved us?
A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples. If ye have love one to another (John 14:34-35)
I can love others because I have Jesus living inside of me and that’s what compels me to love myself and others. I HAVE JESUS IN ME!
He tells us to love one another ~ and that is EVERYONE!
Even the most un- loveliest person we have met we are to love! I cannot say that I have mastered this, as I have been challenged to love some people in my life right now that I find very unlovely. They lie, manipulate and control through their lies and deception and then call themselves Christians. Actually I find it easier for me to show love to those who act like this and are not christians. I figure they have an excuse! God doesn’t love me or us because I am so lovely. I am quite sure someone out there can say the same about me. Loving the un-lovelys does not mean I should trust them. That would just be ‘stupid’. It does not mean they have to be my best buddy or even that I have to let them into my life. Than’s just stupid ‘gone to seed.’
When we get a glimpse of how much God loves us it becomes easier to love others.
As Christians we need to stop looking at agendas, at sins and start looking at HIM ~ start looking at His incredible love. This helps me treat those who are evil not by taking their junk, but by sharing with them the truth. By standing what what is right and good. If evil is encouraged by tolerance and ‘sucking it up’ where does that leave evil?
He loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son to give us this incredible life. All of us. He said others will know that we are His disciples. Not converts, judge or jury. A disciple leads in love and shares the GOOD news of Jesus Christ. “Your going to hell for sinning” is NOT good news. GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH HE DIED FOR YOU to GIVE YOU LIFE…That’s GOOD NEWS. He died for you so that I can share the GOOD NEWS with you and lead you to a better life IN HIM. That’s TRUE LOVE. I love you so much that I am not willing that you should continue in evil and should instead be led by Christ and live a life of truth and grace and peace. – IN HIM – IN TRUTH- IN HIS LOVE!
I love you so much I am not willing to let you go to hell.
You don’t have to do anything to deserve HIS LOVE! You don’t have to pray, go to church, go on a mission or any of the number of things some of us have heard we need to do to deserve this love. That’s GOOD NEWS. Once you understand His love ~ your actions will change. It doesn’t mean we don’t fail at times, but our hearts desire is not to.
Not to get HIM to do anything for me, but because HE already did everything for me and THAT’S GOOD NEWS.
It has NOTHING to do with what I do.
It has everything to do with what HE DID.
HE LOVES ME ~ Its a FREE gift ~ therefore I can love.
But I am not tolerating your lies, deception and evil. ! Amen
get ready to be challenged, empowered and ‘Forever Changed’