Called to Love Part – 1

1John3: 16 – 18 ——- By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Jesus Christ set a perfect example of kindness and love. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus showed His love for others by blessing and serving the poor, the sick, and the distressed. He told His disciples, “This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you”. (John15:12).    

When we focus our mind on Jesus He will first teach us to stop being selfish and instead to be selfless and go out into the world and help someone in need. Jesus is love and love flows like the river. We need to come out of our self-centeredness and touch the lives of those in trouble and see how the anointing flows.
We get the most practice to operate in Agape Love in our family first. When our expectations are not met by our loved ones we get hurt the most. But Jesus encourages us to love everyone especially those who have hurt us the most.

Human love is conditional but God kind of love is supernatural and unconditional. When we have the love of God within us, we will always look for opportunities to do good to another person. We have to be like Mother Mary who asked Jesus to get wine even though it was not her job to arrange for wine at the wedding. The Holy Spirit pours God’s love into our hearts. Loving others is proof that we are of God.

I have two pets both of which are white and extremely loving. When I give them a good shower and leave them out to play I find one of them rolling in mud and the other is sitting by the door. One of them is a pig and the other a dog. You can know them solely by their character.  It is the same with us. The proof that we are followers of Jesus is our loving character.  We have to check where we stand from time to time in order to develop Agape Love.

Agape has to do with the mind: it is not simply an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live. It is the kind of love that we must have for all men — even our enemies (Matthew 5:44). We must always act out of love, i.e., in the best interest of our fellow human beings.

You do have a LOVE STORY. It’s in the Bible. It tells you how much God loves you and how far He went just to win your heart.

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