Do we love as Christ loves? I ask God on almost a daily basis to see His heart toward people. I ask to have His heart and to see people as He sees them.
John 13:35 says “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Do we as Christians have the Christ-like love for one another?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us what Christ-like love is: “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Wow! Love is a lot more than a little four-letter word that we throw around so easily. Have you ever thought of 1 Corinthians 13 and John 13 as one command? What would our lives look like if we combined these verses?
“They would know us by our patience. They would know who are Christians by our contentment, modesty, and humility. They would know us, for we would not be rude to one another. We would look for the best in each other, we would not get angry easily, and hold no offenses toward anyone. They would know us because evil makes us sad and the truth makes us joyful. They would see us protecting the defenseless and we would not be suspicious of others. They would know us by our hope and perseverance.“
That’s a tall order for the Church. Not only should we love other Christians this way but we are told to love those that do not love us. We are told to love everyone with Christ-like love. What bothers me the most is that instead of loving like this we do the opposite. We judge when it’s God’s place to judge. We are easily offended or angered when we are to keep no record of wrongs and have patience with people. We are to build people up instead of tearing them down. If we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ like this, how are we treating those not in Christ? Why would someone who knows us and sees us act like that want what we have? It’s no different from what the world has to offer. We have to show the world something different. We have to show Christ-like love. Christ loved people and people loved Him. He treated all people the same. Jew and Gentile, poor and rich, prophet and adultress. He was gentle in how He brought out truth and rebuke. Everything He did, He did in love. This a challenge for us all. Strive daily to have God’s heart and see people through His eyes and love them with Christ-like love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain, faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”