How would Jesus love?
Philippians 1:9-11 – So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Like a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
As followers of Christ, we’re His representatives. What we do, has an ability to display who He is. Paul is advising in this verse that we be responsible in loving. We can’t just love with our feelings – our mind needs to be involved too.
We need to love each other wisely. Have you ever seen the bracelet that says WWJD – What would Jesus do? Well, we need one that says HWJL – How would Jesus love?
Throughout His time on earth, He went to many different places and interacted with so many different people, with different stories and different personalities. Each person, He loved. But He reacted differently depending on their situation.
He loved His disciples, but there were many times when He had to shake them up and ask them where is your faith?! Why do you not believe?! He became frustrated with them because He loved them.
He loved the Samaritan woman. He knew her history of many husbands, yet He still loved her. He showed that when He waited for her to come to the well so that He could testify about living water. He waited for her to come to the well so that He could change her life forever.
He loved Mary and Martha, and so when He saw them weeping about the death of Lazarus, He wept with them. He grieved with them in that moment, knowing that He would raise Him back to life a few moments later.
How are you loving the people in your world? Love isn’t just an emotion, but also an action. Love like Jesus did, with discernment, grace and humility.