“My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. Instead I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. This, then, is what I command you: love one another.” (John 15:12-17 TEV)
The optimum of love was manifested on the Cross of Calvary. The harangue of the Jewish elders and priests against the Lord Jesus before Pontius Pilate persuaded people to commit a brutal crime against the Source of Life. Today the youth are going after euphonious voices that attract them to fake love. But the Lord Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; and you alone and no one else can open that door. No matter how humongous your sins may be, the blood of Jesus Christ can wash and cleanse you and make you holy. You may have lived a wicked life until now, wicked enough to be a skelm for others, but God is ready and able to save you and grant you eternal life. The veracity of the Bible is experienced only for those who without doubts and questions, yield to the Word of God. God saves and redeems those who put their complete trust in Him.
Everything and anything done without love is meretricious. Genuine love never depreciates for any reason. Every other thing is a derisory before true love. So, how do you identify true love? Take for example a person whom you claim to love genuinely. Suppose he commits a horrible sin. Now, are you able to love him just as before? Next example. You get a 2000 Rupees Note. What will you do with that money? Will anyone benefit from that or you will use it all for yourself? Read 1 Corinthians 13 to understand what love really means.
A deep intimate relationship with God is concomitant with genuine love for fellow human beings. You cannot love God and at the same time hate your enemy. True love for God is shown not through worship but through sacrificing our valuables for the blessings of those who hate and mistreat us. The love that we received freely from God encourages and strengthens us to love freely everyone in this world.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34, 35 NIV) There is no quid pro quo that we can give God in return for His love. But that does not mean that we should not respond. And the best way is to surrender ourselves completely unto Him so that He may use us to wipe away the tears of many.
Is our love biblical? Do we love others without expecting anything in return? Or do we gain pleasure when our charitable works get viral on social media? Let us think.