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Not too long ago I included 1st Corinthians 13 as part of a post I did. I challenged myself & the reader to plug in one’s personal name in every time they come across the word ‘love’… for example, “Love (insert name) is Kind.”
When considering how we are to be (displaying the attributes and character of Christ) this can have a great impact on us & help us clarify how much more we need Jesus to work out His love in & through us.
God’s word says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus said this and continued in saying, “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:13-17 NIV
Only God has this perfect love but as we who believe submit to Him He can help us love others in this same way.
God’s definition of love is completely different from this world’s definition of love and from the lust that our flesh may get confused with love.
Taking this just one step further Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48 NIV
Again, note what Jesus says, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because HE is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, JUST AS your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36 NIV
If we begin to measure what love really is by looking at our Master’s example (more than words) and live as He lived His love will be seen in us and we will love the unlovable, even our enemies and the world can’t paint over that no matter how much it tries.