LOVE

Philippians 1:8 (TEV) God is my witness that I am telling the truth when I say that my deep feeling for you all comes from the heart of Christ Jesus himself.

When we love other people in our lives the way Jesus does, Happiness becomes a way of life!

Without love, Christianity becomes meaningless and impossible.  And there lies the dilemma for every Christian because we are not Jesus.  Unlike Jesus, our natural tendency is being ‘self-centred,’ ‘proud’ and focusing only on our ‘own needs.’

But the Apostle Paul reveals ‘loving like Jesus’ is not an unrealistic expectation for the believer.  Paul says:

…the deep feeling for you (i.e. love) all comes from the heart of Christ Jesus Himself.

As a believer, your theology is important because it determines correct or incorrect thinking – and Paul is revealing that the love of God is already within you, it is dispensed to you by the Holy Spirit:

…because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5)

When you carry this correct thinking, that the love of Jesus is already within you, that’s when you can start letting it out and start loving others like Jesus does.  The Bible shows you how:

John 3:16 says:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God demonstrates His love for you by ‘sacrificing’ and ‘giving.’

Now look at 1 John 3:16

This is how we know what real love is: Christ gave his life for us.  So we then, ought to give our lives for others.

This is how we love as Jesus loves – it’s giving our lives for other people.  Here’s the problem with “relationships” today: we know John 3:16, but not 1 John 3:16.  We know what John 3:16 says, that He sacrificed and gave towards us, we want that, we like that, but many Christians don’t want to have to be that towards other people.

If you really want to know what being a Christian is, it’s “Giving” – giving time, giving money, giving of yourself.

Who or where do you need to start loving the way Jesus does – it could be a family member, a connect group, maybe it’s giving to your church.   But whoever or wherever, love always requires action.  Being a Christian is not just growing in your knowledge, it’s developing the habits of Christlikeness.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Love people in my life like Jesus does.