If we’re going to look at all our relationships through the lens of our relationship with God through Jesus, we have to begin there.
The Bible says “God is love.” 1 John 4:16
But what does that mean?
What does God’s love look like?
It’s an important question to ask and answer because the Bible says we should, “love others the way God loves us.”
What does God’s love look like?
This is how God showed His love to us: He sent His one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through Him. This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent His Son to die in our place to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9–10
God’s love looks like Jesus!
And you and I know what Jesus’ love looks like through the eyewitness testimony of His disciples.
John wrote, “We proclaim to you the One who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen Him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that He is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then He was revealed to us.” 1 John 1:1–3
What can we learn about Jesus’ love from the words of those who spent time the most time with Him?
Jesus’ love is undeserved.
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
Jesus’ love is compassionate.
When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
Jesus’ love is sacrificial.
He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 1 Timothy 2:6
Jesus’ love is caring.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28–29
Jesus’ love is patient.
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9
Jesus’ love is personal.
Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. John 14:1–3
Jesus’ love is inclusive.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16–17
Jesus’ love is complete.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus’ love is forever.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Jesus’ love is selfless.
No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father. John 10:18
Jesus’ love is in complete contrast to the world’s view of love.
Let’s look at a summary of definitions of the word love from various dictionaries and thesauruses…
Love is an intense feeling of deep affection and personal attachment; tenderness or a strong feeling that leads to delight, devotion, and admiration; to treasure, hold dear, and cherish.
People generally love others based on something those individuals have done or qualities they have which makes them desirable . . . how they make them feel.
The bottom line is . . . with worldly love, there is a reason the individual wants to love. Making self/selfishness the basis of love the world’s way.
Is it any wonder love dies and so many of our relationships fail?
We need a better way and that way is modeling the love of Jesus.
Friend, Jesus loves you completely.
Not because of what you’ve done or the qualities you possess but simply because He chooses to love you.
A. W. Tozer said it this way…
“Jesus Christ came not to condemn you but to save you, knowing your name, knowing all about you, knowing your weight right now, knowing your age, knowing what you do, knowing where you live, knowing what you ate for supper and what you will eat for breakfast, where you will sleep tonight, how much your clothing cost, who your parents were. He knows you individually as though there were not another person in the entire world. He died for you as certainly as if you had been the only lost one. He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most.”
Stop today and say, “Jesus loves me just because He chooses to love me!”
Say it again and again.
If you’re already having trouble keeping that New Year’s Resolution . . . Jesus loves you!
If you feel like you’re starting 2017 in a pit of your own making . . . Jesus loves you!
If you’re just putting one foot in front of the other trying to survive . . . Jesus loves you!
Whatever your circumstances, take heart!
No one loves you more than Jesus and He’s exactly what God’s love looks like!
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