Love like Jesus. We hear this all the time from our pastors, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, etc., but what do we mean? Sometimes it sounds so redundant that we become numb to what it REALLY means. “Loving like Jesus”, can also seem impossible sometimes that we don’t even try. My plea is for you to not become numb, because love is a command from God.
What is love? The Beatles recorded the classic song on the subject, “All You Need Is Love,” and then they broke up and sued each other. Various philosophers have expressed opinions on love as well. Plato said that love is a serious mental disease. Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was more optimistic on the subject, said, “Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.” Another said, “Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”
Some weeks ago we spent a little time together considering ‘what is love’, and therefore I don’t wish to spend too much time repeating myself here, instead you can just click on Love under the categories on the right and read about it there.
When it comes to living like Jesus however, it can almost all be summed up with Love. We serve others because we love them, we forgive others because we love them. We pray and mediated and fast because of love. Love is our motivation.
John Mcarther writes: Christians have no excuse for not loving, “because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom. 5:5). We do not have to manufacture love; we only have to share the love we have been given. We do not have to be humanly taught to love, because we ourselves “are taught by God to love one another” (1 Thes. 4:9). We are therefore told to “pursue love” (1 Cor. 14:1), to “put on love” (Col. 3:14), to “increase and abound in love” (1 Thes. 3:12; Phil. 1:9), to be sincere in love (2 Cor. 8:8), to be unified in love (Phil. 2:2), to be “fervent” in love (1 Pet. 4:8), and to “stimulate one another to love (Heb. 10:24)
As Christians the love of God is embedded in us, and that love (the greater love) will make us want to lay down our lives for our friends. Love is from God, because the Bible said God is love.