What love is
1 John 16-18 – This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has materiel possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
We live in a world where everyone is stuck behind a screen. We consider liking an Instagram photo or commenting on a Facebook status as a way of showing that we’re interested and that we care.
John points out real love; Jesus Christ, who laid down his life. Sacrificial love, that puts others before it’s own.
How are you loving your brothers and sisters? How are you loving your neighbours? The people in your class at school? The strangers who sit next to you on the bus every morning? The people who work at the supermarket check-out? The girl who always sits alone in the canteen? The homeless man?
The way that Jesus loved us wasn’t easy or convenient for Him. It was the exact opposite – it was messy. It didn’t always get a pat on the back or a thank you note in the post. But imagine if He gave up on loving us. Imagine if one day He just couldn’t be bothered with us anymore and decided to ignore anyone who didn’t love Him back. Imagine if it was too much effort for Him to heal the sick or talk to the broken, lost and poor.
Just imagine if Jesus loved like we did.
We wouldn’t be who we are and we wouldn’t live the way we do today. We wouldn’t know what peace, grace, freedom and forgiveness are. But because of Him we have access to all of that and more.
So make the time for some of those people in your world today. Make the time and the effort to love them like Jesus loves us, putting their needs above of your own. Not in our words or speech, but in our actions and in truth.