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)
Love is the greatest gift you could give to your neighbour. It is the distinguishing mark of Christ followers – Christians. Don’t call yourself a disciple of our Lord Jesus if you find it hard to Love a single soul on earth. Sometimes it amazes me when I see Christians fighting one another, cheating one another, etc. That is not how Christ wants us to live. He demonstrated His love by sacrificing His own life for us.
1 John 3:16 tells us what love is: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us”. It was not easy as the story may sound but He endured to the end. The worst rejection in the history of mankind was at Calvary when God turned His face from His only begotten son because of you and me. I could feel the pains He went through as He carried the cross, and when He cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani.” “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God forsook Him. Jesus, despite the rejection, pains, mockery, etc pleaded for mankind on the cross. He said in Luke 23 that “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” This was His love for us and He is doing the same at the Father’s right hand; interceding for us.
Friends, a servant is not greater than His master. Thus He said “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down His own life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brother.
Love is SACRIFICE. If you can’t sacrifice, you can’t love.
Human beings are people; they will hurt you, insult you, betray you, blackmail you, gossip about you, cheat on you, beat you, break your heart, steal from you, annoy you, etc, yet the master says you must love one another.
Let us make every effort to leave the past behind, forgive one another, and love one another. If anyone says “I love God” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. (I John 4:20). No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.
I will close with this, if there is a single person or soul you hate on this planet, God sees you as a murderer. The scripture tells us in I John 3:15 that anyone who hates his brother is a murderer. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth. AMEN! If you are finding it hard to forgive someone, send me mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you