In John 13:34-35 Jesus says:
“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Pretty clear command, love others as Jesus has loved you. If you do this, it will be evident to others that you are a follower of Jesus.
There are numerous examples throughout the Bible of how Jesus loved people. Typically He would get to know them, forgive them of the sins they confessed, helped/healed them, and commanded them to sin no more.
Jesus showed love in multiple ways: As a father He would scorn someone for doing what was wrong in order to steer them to the right path. As a teacher He explained how to live and follow Him. As a friend He spent time with people to show He truly cared. As our saviour He died in our place.
Jesus didn’t show love in a mushy, gushy way the movies show love. Lets not confuse Jesus’s love with human emotional love. He IS love. If we are to show others love the way Jesus did, we need to first understand how He showed you love.
So…how has He loved me?
He has forgiven me for the way I used to live. He has forgiven me of the sins I deal with daily. He has walked with me through times of trouble and times of joy. He has steered me onto the right paths sometimes thru hard lessons learned and sometimes thru confirmations of success. He has taught me right and wrong. He has challenged me to do what He wants me to do. He has put people into my life that will love me like Him…whether I like it or not.
At times it’s been difficult and other times joyful. No matter thru discipline or reward, He always knows what is best for me.
Loving others like Jesus has loved you is simple in idea, but difficult to do.
so…how has Jesus loved you? Now show this to others.