“All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Galatians 5:14
With Valentines floating in the stores and hearts abounding, it seemed an apropos time to touch on the essential Christian topic of love.
Jesus loves everyone in the world (John 3:16) and he has left us this ministry of love. In fact, if anyone will be born into Christ’s Kingdom, they must see this love. Since Jesus isn’t here in body anymore, those who claim His name must reach the world by loving them with a Christ-like love.
We are commanded to love
John 15: 12 – “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” Jesus spoke these words just hours before going to Calvary to prove His love by laying down his life for us. I can’t remember the last time I died for someone, but I’m pretty sure it must be easier to love others while I’m alive.
Love shows our true heart
John 13:35 – “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Jesus made it clear that if we want people to know we follow him, we must love other followers of him. Let’s face it, nothing turns people off “church” faster than people who criticize and condemn others. Love is the best testimony we have.
Love is more than a feeling
Read the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians if you want a clearer picture of what love really is. “Charity never faileth” Paul writes in verse eight of that chapter. Feelings fail us, but true love never fails. This fact alone is proof that love is more than a feeling.
Love involves sacrifice
John 15:13 – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This is the example Jesus set before us. I know of very few people who have been asked to die for another person. How many times have I given up my own desires to help another person? This sort of sacrificial giving is a small demonstration of the love Christ modeled for us on Calvary.
Loving others is risky
They crucified the Son of God and his only crime was that he loved them. He never promised us anything other than the same brutal treatment from the world. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Saying you love someone seems hard sometimes. In truth, showing you love someone is exponentially more difficult. Never fear. God has equipped you to love. Romans 5: 5 assures us “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” God poured His love in your heart when He saved you; now it’s time to share the wealth with those around you.
This Valentine’s Day show someone you love them. Share the gospel with them. What better gift could there be than the love of God poured directly into their heart?
Up next week: A Tale of Two Wives