Jesus Words about Love
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and
hate your enemy. 'But I say to you, love your
enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray
for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. "
"As the Father loved
Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love."
"For if you love those who love
you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? "
"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
"If you love
Me, keep My commandments"
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Jesus' early life
Love cannot be
rationalized nor can it be quantified, yet we can experience it from
the moment of birth. This is because God is love, and He has placed
within our spirits the capacity for experiencing this emotion
He who does not love
does not know God, for God is love -1 John 4:8. So
even though people express love in a myriad of ways, there are
qualities about it that remain consistent. Whether love is between
husbands and wives, parents and children, lovers, relatives and
friends, at its core, love is defined by trust, kindness,
understanding, compassion, forgiveness, unselfishness, patience, and
loyalty. But although love can be sustained even in adverse life
situations, sadly there are times when it fails to hold
relationships together. Marriages end in divorce, parents and
children become estranged, siblings turn on each other, friends
become enemies; all results of conflict,
anger, and bitterness. This is the reason Jesus tells us to look to
God as the perfect source of love because from Him only can we learn
to love others unselfishly - "You
shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, and with all your mind.'
And the second is like it: 'You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.'
When God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to suffer and die on a
cross for the sin of all Mankind, this was the ultimate
demonstration of unconditional love - John 3:17. As we read the
gospels, we observe that Jesus message of Gods infinite love
is continuously echoed throughout His sermons, parables and
miracles. In fact, Jesus sets a high bar for how we must love.
Instead of returning evil for evil, which is our natural instinct,
Jesus tells us to love and pray for those who have wronged us But
I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
5:44. He also commands us to treat others as we want to be treated
others as you would have them do to you
Luke 6:31. It is this quality of love that Jesus demonstrated when
He prayed for the men who slapped, whipped and crucified Him Father,
forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
23:34. From our human perspective it is not easy to love those who
hate or mistreat us, but Jesus is not appealing to our intellect or
emotions. His words are directed to our spirits where faith resides.
It is faith in Gods power that transforms our hearts from anger
and bitterness to forgiveness and love - Luke 6:35. It is faith that
helps us to love other human beings as we love ourselves Mark
12:31. But this also means that we must first love ourselves
correctly without being self-centered and filled with pride.
Jesus not only commands us to love each other, He also
challenges us about the degree to which we must do so But
if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
- Luke 6:32. Here, Jesus is making the crucial point that it is easy
to love people who love us; people who treat us kindly and with whom
we share similar values. But the challenge comes with loving people
who are physically or socially different from us or those who are
unkind, insulting, vindictive and hateful. Yes, Jesus is telling us
that we must love them too, and reminds us that God
causes his sun to shine on evil people and
good people. He sends rain on those who do right and those who
Matthew 5:45. His message is
to love and respect everyone as human beings created by God, in
spite of their behaviors. This does not mean that we must like,
condone or ignore wrong doing and evil behavior. Instead Jesus tells
us to pray deliver us from evil-
John, Jesus disciple also asks the question -
for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he
love God whom he has not seen?
1 John 4:20.
Jesus wants us to have the God kind of love that is not arrogant,
prejudiced or judgmental. Thus, the two greatest commandments He
gave us are about love Mark 12: 30-31. He assures us that when
we love God and others as He commanded, our
will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High
Luke 6:35. Furthermore, the world would be a better place because
when we give love, we will receive it in return
the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you
6:38. To His followers, Jesus says that love is the identifying
characteristic of discipleship- By
this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for
A Prayer for
Father, I thank You for Your infinite love through Jesus Christ our
savior. Please help me daily to love You with all of my heart, my soul, my
mind and my strength. Help me to love others as Jesus commands. Even
others who do me wrong; strengthen me to love them from my heart. My
prayer is to love others as You love me, and to forgive as You have
forgiven me. Grant me Your guidance and direction when I deal with people
who are hurting and angry. Let them see the love of Jesus Christ in me. I
claim and thank You Father that You protect me from all evil, harm and
danger. In the name of Jesus: Amen