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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

As He Loved You

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

—John 13:34-35 (NKJV)


The love of God is patient and kind. His love isn’t boastful or jealous or proud or rude. It never demands its own way and doesn't keep a record of those who have caused pain or been unfair (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).


We can’t love with the pure love of God until the Holy Spirit gives us a spiritual revelation of what the love of God is. That spiritual understanding of God’s love comes from the truth of His living Word. God becomes the center of everything we are instead of any self-centeredness. And when self is out of the way, we set others free from emotional debt with His love that set us free.


When we don’t spiritually understand the depth of the love we have received in Christ and who we are because of it, His love doesn’t happen easily. A problem can escalate into a crisis. But when we know in our hearts who we are in Christ, it is much easier to share the love He has poured into our lives. We know God has given us everything we need. We have His insight and wisdom beyond our own reasoning. We realize solutions to problems before they become overwhelming. We release others from emotional debt. We give His unconditional love away because we understand with His understanding instead of our own. 


Does your life seem like a crisis? Are you struggling in a relationship with someone? You will continue to struggle without the love of Jesus that forgives easily. Until you deal with the selfishness and unforgiveness in your own heart, you are the problem. And you won’t be free.


Do others know you belong to Christ by His love in your life?


Jesus never said others would know we are His disciples by our doctrine, or how much we hate sin, or even by the way we show our love for God. He said the one thing that would cause the world to recognize us as his followers was our love for one another. Without the love of God flowing through our lives—our works—our spiritual gifts—our faith that can move mountains, what we have to offer is meaningless. Only the love of God means anything and never fails. We don’t have the full capacity to love as He loved until we receive a spiritual understanding of His love and grace. That revelation of His love changes everything.


Learn who God says you are in His Word. Believe that He chose to love you first. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you His love that is within you. Choose to deny self and place others first. And love with His love that first loved you.


© 2021 Lynn Lacher



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