“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NKJV)
Love is the most beautiful word in the whole universe. We all desire to be loved. Relationships are knit together by threads of love, kindness and affection. Where there is love, there is peace and satisfaction. But when genuine love is replaced by love for possessions and positions, there comes strives and greed. It is too difficult to find true love in this age. When there is prosperity and health, many people will find delight in spending time with us. But when we lose everything, we will find the same people judging and accusing us and staying away from us. This is not strange; in fact it is the human nature.
But is there any genuine and authentic love that never changes? Yes, and the Bible tells us that this love is the love of God. No matter whatever we do, how red as crimson our sins may be, God’s love for the whole human race is irrevocable, incomparable and incomprehensible. And God wants us to love each other by the same standard of love with which He has loved us. So, in order to love one another by the same type of love, we need to have an idea of the love of God. The Bible tells us about God’s love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NRSV) “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9, 10 HCSB) “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV)
All these verses give emphasis on the one same truth: God’s love is not based on what we do or what we don’t do. God’s love is unconditional. He loves you. Do you feel that nobody can ever forgive you? Dear friend, it is just a lie from the devil who wants to keep you away from experiencing and tasting God’s best in your life. You may have committed terrible sins in your life; now you have lost all the joy and happiness. But Jesus Christ is calling you to Himself; He is spreading His nail-pierced hands to embrace you with His heavenly love. No power of darkness can dare to stop you from coming to Jesus.
The Bible tells us that all have sinned, no one is righteous. But God, through His love for us sent His Son Jesus Christ into this world. Jesus Christ took all our sins upon Himself and bore the punishment in our place so that we can be freed from the consequences of sin and become righteous. Now, our righteousness does not depend on what we do, but on the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross. This same Jesus came back to life on the third day after His death and is presently interceding with the Father for us. Do not you desire to come to this loving Jesus?
You may be thinking how or in what way you can come to Jesus. Coming to Jesus simply means to open your hearts to Him and to invite Him into your hearts. Whoever you are, wherever you are, pour out your heart to Him in innocent child-like faith. Then the greatest miracle of salvation will take place in your life too. You will experience His peace and you will become a new person.
Now, the Bible tells us that those who have experienced this love ought to love each other in the same way. “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” (1 John 4:11 NLT) “The message you heard from the very beginning is this: we must love one another.” (1 John 3:11 TEV) “What he commands is that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as Christ commanded us.” (1 John 3:23 TEV)
Now, if we really love someone, our love needs to be manifested practically. “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” (1 John 3:17, 18 NRSV) Love does not reside in the heart alone, it reveals itself through generous giving, through encouraging and comforting touch, through a smile, through wiping the tears of somebody. This alone is love and there is no substitute for it. Let us take a short examination of our love and see whether it is authentic or not. For when we learn to love practically, we are becoming agents of God's love in this wicked and broken world. Love one another.