Practicing Love Part – 1

John 13:34 —– A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Jesus knew that relationships are the most valuable asset that we have but at times the most difficult to maintain.

Jesus did something the world had never seen before—He created a group identified by one thing: love. There are many groups in the world, and they identify themselves in any number of ways: by skin colour, by uniform, by shared interest, by alma mater, etc. One group has tattoos and piercings; another group abstains from meat; yet another group wears fezzes—the ways people categorise themselves are endless.

But for the first and only time in history, Jesus created a group whose identifying factor is love. Skin colour doesn’t matter. Native language doesn’t matter. There are no rules about diet or uniforms or wearing funny hats. Followers of Christ are identified by their love for each other.

How does Jesus love? He loves unconditionally, sacrificially, with forgiveness, and eternally. At the same time, Jesus’ love is holy—because He is holy .The culmination of Christ’s amazing love for us is His death on the cross, burial, and bodily resurrection.
How then can I love as Christ loved?” The believer in Christ has the Holy Spirit living within him. By obeying the Spirit, through the Word of God, we can love like Christ does. We can show the love of Christ to friends, to family members, to co-workers and even towards our enemies.

We may not get a chance to preach, sing, or be leaders in the Church but we all have the chance to love. Operating in love should be done all the time and everywhere.

When we strive to walk in love we will always encounter opposition (negative emotions) but at this point, we should persist in our love walk because the opposition is an indicator that our miracle is close at hand.

Every hero/heroine in the Bible encountered opposition – physical, mental or spiritual. They believed that irrespective of what the battle looked like in the physical realm, as long as their focus was on God they would never be defeated.

God never stops being patient with us. God never stops believing in us. God never stops hoping for the best in our life. God never gives up on us.

As followers of Christ, we must love everybody — whether we like them or not — in the same way that Christ loved us. That means we are to accept them completely, love them unconditionally, forgive them totally, and consider them extremely valuable.


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