We are known by how we love.
Love is more than warm, fuzzy feelings; it is an attitude that shows itself through our actions. I know that because daily I work on teaching my three daughters to love each other…even when they don’t feel like it…or should I say, especially when they don’t feel like it. Loving others well doesn’t come natural to us. It’s hard because by nature we are sinful and want life to happen our way, on our terms.
But that’s not how Jesus commands us to live our lives. He commands us to love one another the same way He loves us…with a sacrificial love. A love that is willing to go the extra mile and pay a higher price. A love that even though it hurts, does it anyway. A love that is not just words, but words that are wrapped in actions.
Love is an obedient choice. When you choose to love others, that is the moment you are most like Jesus.
love heals relationships
love is a salve to wounds
love is the beginning of friendship
love inspires others
love comforts -Sally Clarkson
So how can we love others as Jesus loves us and participate in the kingdom work to which we are called? By loving others when its hard, when it costs us something, when it’s not convenient. By choosing to be loving even when we are wronged, misunderstood and rejected.
This love we are to be known by can not come from our broken, sin-stained hearts, but rather from the One who has the power to heal and cleanse broken, sinful hearts and make them beat again for His glory. The love must come from the One who fills our heart with it. That is what separates us from the rest of the world when we choose to love despite our feelings, and allow God to supernaturally work through us. This is the love that will testify to God’s working in our lives.
Believe me, I know that loving others well is hard. I struggle with it in my own life as friends and family members have hurt me through the years. I think learning to love others well develops with time, age and realizing our own need for God’s love and grace because of our sin. One nugget of truth I’m recently learning is that loving the way Jesus calls us to can only be done when we seek Him first for that love. Jesus is the source of the love that fills our hearts and overflows into our family and friend’s lives.
Loving well is our Kingdom work. Its a work that is so powerful because it turns what is invisible and makes it tangible. When we love the way Jesus commands us to, it changes us from the inside out and helps others see God through us.
We are the gospel message many will read. Our acts of kindness and thoughtfulness will open hearts to His love because others will imagine a God who is good because they have seen His goodness expressed toward them through our own lives.- Sally Clarkson
Who in your life loves the way Jesus commands us to do? How have you seen them love with the love only God can give?
Love God Greatly!