Loving people still remains one of the greatest challenges I have had. My actions and reaction have revealed to me how unloving I am. I believe loving is not an option [John 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you] hence it is not a issue that we can debate on. The question we should ask should rather be `How do I express Christ’s love today to this person?`. We can only love because we have been loved by Christ. We can only give what we have received. I have been challenged to analyze myself as to whether I have received God’s love. Ok…so what does `receive his love` mean?Answer : How has God’s love for mankind affected my actions and decisions towards myself and others? God’s love is to0 wide, too long, too high, too enormous, too big, too bigger than big, too enormous than enormous itself. Love seems complex, but Jesus describes the greatest love that we can ever show someone is by laying down our lives for them [John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends]. I choose to take this as my oversimplified definition of love. [John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.]
In its simplest form love is sacrificial, we have to give ourselves, probably that’s why loving is hard at times. We have to let go of something, and many times our love is not reciprocated and loving seems to be a pointless affair. But Jesus died on the cross, and gave himself even though many people may reject him still. His sacrifice is already given, he cannot take it back. He has given it, now our part is to believe that he did that because of our sins and sinful nature and receive the gift he offers : salvation from our sins.
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