Loving As God Has Loved Us
Do you feel loved? Seriously, do you really feel loved and affirmed as a person?
I asked a number of people this week if they really felt loved and would you believe me if I told you that 95% said, “Only superficially!" Wow! Can you believe that response? I continued to probe their mind, so I ask them if they were loving anyone the way they want to be loved. All of them said –no!
Why are there so many people desperately hurting and in need of love and so many others who are so willing and wanting to give love, yet so few who actually get loved?
As I contemplated that question and people's answers, I was literally brought to my knees in prayer, crying out to God….”please Father, help us to love “others” like you loved us”. Then, I thought of Jesus’ last night with His disciples and the statement He made to them regarding love:
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35)
The new commandment is that we can literally love others like God loves us. That is a command and the motivation is God’s love for us.
Notice that we are to “love one another, as I have loved you.” Is it really possible to love someone like God loves me? Absolutely!
Paul understood this when he said:
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
The key to that statement is found in the word – “devoted”.
The word literally means that we are to love someone with such loyalty from the heart that it is unmistakable. In other words, it is love that is seen, not just said.
The second key to this verse is found in the word “brotherly”. In other words it’s about family love isn’t it? We are to love others unconditionally and as though they are literally our own family.
John seems to have the answer to such love when he says:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him…....We love because he first loved us. (1John 4:7-16, 19)
The key to loving like God then, begins with our love for Him.
What does your love for God really look like?
Which begs the question: Do we really love God? Our actions towards others prove our love to God. How much do you really love God?
We must make loving God our number one priority in life. It is impossible for us to love others like God, but only if we are in an authentic relationship with HIM!
Romans 12 is a picture of what an authentic relationship with God ought to look like. Read the chapter over and take notes on what your love for God really looks like. Make a list of what you need to do to love like God.