Everyone wants to be loved. Think about the love you’ve experienced in your life. All of us will have positive and negative experiences with love. Human love isn’t consistent or perfect. It’s because we are not perfect. Only one person is perfect and that’s Jesus Christ. Therefore, His love is perfect. Never base what you believe about love on what you’ve experienced through another human being.
Always look to JESUS to know what real love is!
“God is love.” (1 John 4:7 NKJV) Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” (John 14:9 NLT) Jesus came to show us what God’s love is like. If you want to know what love is, copy Jesus. A great description of Jesus’ love is 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7. Read it and put your name in place of the word ‘love’. Do you love like that? If not, spend a few months reading those verses everyday with you name in it and ask God to give you His heart of love.
God’s love is unconditional!
Man’s love is conditional. It says things like: “Buy me things and I’ll love you. If you’re good in sports, I’ll love you. If you’re hot looking, I’ll love you. If you act right, I’ll love you.” Man’s love is often based on how you perform. God unconditional love means He loves you no matter what, the good, bad and ugly about you. He won’t love your sin and disobedience. He hates that! But he loves you.
There’s NOTHING you can do to stop God from loving you!
Human love is stingy. You can’t count on it when the going gets tough. God’s love is sacrificial. Read John 3:16. God says, “I love you SO MUCH that I willingly gave My Son for you on the cross.” Human love is selfish. God’s love is serving. Read John 13:1-17. Serving love expects nothing in return, no pat on the back and no reward. Jesus showed servant love by washing His disciples dirty, stinky feet. Jesus is always there when you need Him. He’s never too busy for you. He is always there to listen and to help you.
God’s love is forgiving!
Man’s love carries a grudge and never forgets. People can become bitter and resentful when someone hurts them. They carry a grudge and say, “I’ll never forgive him/her.” God’s love is forgiving. When you received Christ as your Lord and Savior, God forgave you for every sin you ever committed, past present and future. That’s LOVE! Maybe you are holding a grudge and need to forgive someone. Do it today! There is no room for unforgiveness in the life of a Christian. Ask God to help you be forgiving.
Christians MUST be loving people!
To be like Jesus you must love God and others. Jesus gave us the two most important commandments. “And you must love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30,31 NLT) “We love because He (God) first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NIV) God loves you. He wants you to love Him and others in return. God will help you if you are willing and ask Him to. He went all out to show His love for you. Now, go all out, be like Jesus and show God’s love to others!