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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. "
Matthew 5:43-44

"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love." 
John 15:9

"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? "
Matthew 5:46

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "
John 13:34

"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." 
John 13:35

"If you love Me, keep My commandments" 
John 14:15

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          Loving God and Others

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.' -Matthew 22:37-38.

 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 God’s 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 you” Matthew 5:44. He also commands us to treat others as we want to be treated – “Do to 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."…Luke 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 God’s 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 don’t…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”- Matthew 6:13. 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 “…reward 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 – “… For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” - Luke: 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 one another." John 13:35.

A Prayer for Loving Others
Heavenly 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

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