SHOWING THE LOVE OF JESUS TO OTHERS

Can the ordinary person on the street be able to discern if you or I are followers of Jesus? What kind of love do we show to those around us? Something to think about.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair 

She loved Jesus  

One of my neighbors died recently. I didn’t know her well, as both of our closest friendships included those from our respective churches, which were of different denominations. The one thing we shared, however, was a love for Jesus. Always quiet and respectful, her love for her Savior defined her character.

When asked by Jewish leaders which was the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39)

This command does not tell us to love ourselves, which we do naturally. But because we do, we must want the best for others also. In fact, the apostle John in his first epistle states, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God, for God is love.” (verses 8-9) Such love for others proves our love for God. To know God means much more than knowing about Him. It means having a relationship with Him that is as close and personal as that of a child to a loving parent.

We can’t fake this kind of God-love. Something will always happen to show what type of love we have, whether it’s for Him or for the things of the world. Jesus’ love for His Father is the perfect example of love for God. He obeyed God even to the cross.

Paul the apostle speaks about God-love. He wrote that we can possess any of the spiritual gifts—the gift of prophesy, tongues, faith, helping, or others—but they are of no value if we don’t have love. “Love suffers long [is patient] and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Can any of us meet those standards? Not unless we truly love God with our whole being. Not without choosing to remain in that love every moment. The more we succeed, with the help of God’s Spirit, the more our love for God will be evident to those around us.

Lord, thank You for Your great love for us. Give us the desire to pattern our lives after Yours so Your love will shine through us. In Jesus’ name, amen.