Search This Blog

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Love as I Have Been Loved

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” 1 John 4:20-21, NIV).

These are powerful words, and they should make me stop and look at my relationships with others in my life. If I love God, then I must love others. If I cannot love those who are in my lifeno matter how they act or treat methen I cannot love God.“So now I am giving you a new commandment,” Jesus said. “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other” (John 13:34, NLT).

Am I convinced that I truly love God but have bitterness, resentment, hatred, anger, jealousy, or some other facet of unforgiveness in my heart against another person? If this is the case and I believe all is well in my love for Jesus Christ, then I am highly mistaken. I have not allowed the unconditional love extended to me on Calvary to change my heart and mind. Just like the servant, who when forgiven by His master, I cannot extend forgiveness to another. I face the loss of what I have received. My love for God proves to be in name only. “Forgive,” Jesus says, “as I have forgiven you” (Luke 6:37). Forgiveness is not an option. Loving others is not an option. Calvary is not an option. But Calvary cannot become my life until I allow its love to transform me.

Allowing Jesus Christ to change my heart and mind begins when I give Him complete access to those areas of my life that I have tried to hide from Him. When I allow His light to shine into areas where ugliness has ruled, I have to face just how ugly they have been. I have to honestly examine them and ask forgiveness for the free reign I have given them. I am not allowed to hang on to them, and allow them to grow and fester. If I do not allow the Holy Spirit to transform my heart and cauterize these areas of unforgiveness, I will remain bound in despair and tormented by my own prison.

How can I claim to love God if I cannot love another? If I cannot forgive with His love, then how can I be forgiven? “A person who is forgiven little shows only little love,” Jesus said (Luke 7:47). Jesus showed me the greatest love. He gave His life to forgive me. I have been forgiven everything, and I will love as He has loved me.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Under Law Or Under Grace

Have you tried to be the perfect person God expects you to be and find you can’t do it? Maybe, you are living under the Law instead of under...