Before reading this post, I highly encourage you to let the Holy Spirit guide your mind and thoughts. He might reveal something you need to know, so I encourage you to do so now before reading. Bless you!
Can I just be honest with you?
Loving others can be difficult. It can, especially if you are not in Christ. I’ve experienced the hardship of loving others so many times in my life that when I now think about it, I could have done better.
But obviously, only God can mold and transform us into His holiness and righteousness because doing it by ourselves can take a lot of effort, especially if our hearts are hardened. And being saved and working out our salvation is not based on our works; it is by the gift and the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). To love others, our hearts need to soften, or as the Word of God says, flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). For he said that He would change turn their heart of stone to flesh. But you have to make a choice, the will, to allow God to do so.
Love One Another As God Has Loved You
So ask yourself this question right now: do you love people the way God loves you? With mercy, compassion, kindness, and gentleness? Or is it a hard thing to do?
If it is a hard thing to do, how so? Is it based on a belief you’ve held on to that you learned early on about people? About yourself?
We’ve all experienced some things in our life that made us a question and define what love truly is. I cannot say for anyone because we’ve all experienced pain, a broken heart from others.
But one thing I can say is that the Love of the Father is better than any love that this earth, which is full of sin, by the way, can give. This type of ‘love’ is temporary, is not pure, is self-seeking, and does not last (1st Corinthians 13 if you want to get a better read about the characteristics of love).
God’s love abounds; it is better than life!
Loving people can be simple, but it can also be challenging as a human. But I believe it should not be if our mind is renewed in the WORD of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
If you were driving on the highway and someone cuts you off, what would be your reaction? Would you react with love or the opposite of love? If you would respond with love, you could respond by forgiving them, praying for them, and even blessing them. Whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to say.
And…well, you already know the reaction if you acted without love.
So what is love first of all? Well, let’s first understand and bind it to our hearts: God is love. Love comes from God. True and Pure love that is not tainted comes from the one True Living God, the creator of all things.
Let’s keep going
Well, since God is love, that means we were created by His love. Therefore, we are made to emanate His love. We were created in His love.
Don’t you think it’s incredible to be created by the God who is the essence of love?
And because of this love, we live and breathe from Him.
But since sin came into the world, it became difficult to live in God, leading us to sin and separating ourselves from the love of God.
One thing is for sure, we still have that capacity to love, but without God, we cannot truly learn to love others because of the sin in our hearts.
We needed Jesus Christ, the way, truth, and the life, to break the stronghold of sin that leads to death so that we can draw near to the Father, come to His presence, experience His love, and go forth to live it and tell others about it.
“For the wages of Sin is Death, but the gift of God is enteral life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NIV
So because of Jesus Christ, as we walk in the Holy Spirit, we are able to radiate God’s love toward others. The flesh cannot do so; only the Holy Spirit can. Remember the fruits of the Spirit begins with love. Love is the greatest of them all.
But how can we love others the way God loves us?
First, know that Jesus Christ mentioned that we should love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, soul, and might, then love others as we love ourselves. So in order to love others, we need to love God first so that we can also experience His love.
Then, consider this: God loves everyone, no matter whether they are Christian or not. We are all created by Him. The God who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).
Second, though we do not deserve His love, He still gives it to us because that’s His nature. Remember, He desires everyone to be saved, no matter who they are (1 Timothy 2:3-4). We weren’t created to be sinners nor created to live in sin. We were not designed to hate our brothers but made to love God and love each other.
Third, consider the amount of love God has for you. I mean, think about it! No one can fathom this! The Bible says that nothing, NOTHING, can separate us from the Love of God (Romans 8:38-39). Why? Because God is love, the perfect love that drives out fear (1 John 4:8).
To love others…
So for you to love others is based on this: because He loves you, this should shift you to love others. He loves you so much that this should shift your desire to love others as He loves you. God is full of mercy to you, so why display compassion to others as well? He forgives you for your sins, so why not forgive those that hurt you? That would need the work of the Holy Spirit when you submit to Him. Remember that the flesh is against God, but the Holy Spirit desires the things of God. You should desires the things of God, especially to love others because He loves you!
You know that Jesus Christ did not have to die for us. He truly did not.
But because He loved the Father, He loved us as well.
When you are hurt by others
I can fully understand when someone hurts you. I think we have all been there. We may develop feelings towards them that may have led to resentment and even hate, which is the opposite of God’s love.
You are not bound to hate nor resentment. You have the choice, no matter how you feel. Jesus Christ even prayed for those that played a part in crucifying Him, asking God to forgive them, “for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Those that hurt you do not know what they do, so forgive them, pray for them, and love them.
This is the same with your enemies. Intercede for them in prayer, asking the Lord that you or someone else lead them to Jesus Christ, who loved us and died for us.
That’s mercy, which is love in itself. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but God’s justified us, through His Son, and declared that we are not guilty of sin and made acceptable to Him (Romans 3:23-24).
So with this immense amount of mercy, He has given, don’t you think you should do the same for others as well? It is not giving them slack but truthfully seeing them as God sees you, in need of His love.
This is teaching post is teaching as well.
To be honest, I still cannot grasp the Love of God. But He still reminds me that His lovingkindness for me is better than life (Psalm 63:3)! And with that, I believe by faith and live it in the Name of Jesus Christ y’all!
I hope this post blessed you.
Until Next Time.