Thursday, March 1, 2012
Love to the End
“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you that you also love one another. By this all men shall know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35). Jesus said these words to the disciples after washing their feet and taking part in the Passover supper.
Jesus loved people. He cared for their souls enough that He left heaven
to come down here and die for all mankind, including you and me. He took time for people, healed the sick, and cast out demons. Jesus showed us how to love. Jesus spent time with the unloved, He affirmed the unlikely, and encouraged the untouchable. He loved us even though we were sinners. If only we could get hold of this love that doesn’t reject or have shallow boundaries, it would revolutionize not only the world and the church, but also us as individual believers.
We can start by choosing to love and accept people without exception, regardless of race, gender, social status, background, sickness or any other unique situation that may be in their lives. I believe this kind of love, God’s love, shinning through His people is what will draw the lost and hurting to Jesus.
Choosing to love at any cost does not mean we should just allow sin to run rampant and say nothing that’s foolish, not loving. Lets challenge ourselves to stretch our ability to love and “be imitators of God, as dearly loved children and live a life of love.” (Ephesians 5:1-2) A love that doesn’t reject and a love that doesn’t quit, is the love that works and lasts.