Read Romans 13:8-11.
God’s love for us is amazing. God loves us so much He gave up His one and only Son for us. Jesus took our cross and paid the debt we could not pay because He loves us! God’s love should be so eminent in our lives that we can’t help but love Him back and let love be the driving force in our lives.
Our Father’s love is overwhelming, in a good way. But sometimes we overwhelm and exhaust ourselves, focusing non-stop on love instead of on God. God is love, and so much more. On the contrary, our idea of love is often flawed. When all we try to focus on is love, and not God, we blind ourselves and selfishly pursue our own desires.
We should take time to remember how great God’s love is for us, and we should definitely experience it and enjoy it. By focusing on God, we can see Him and His love in truth instead of through our own ideas. God loves us. This is true and amazing. But so often we forget what love is. Love is an action, a conscious choice, not an emotion or good feeling. It is not self-seeking but selflessly wants the best for the other person, whether or not it is reciprocated. When we see how much the Father loves us, and that He chooses to do it no matter what, it fills us with the desire to do the same. And it’s out of the overflow of our relationship with God that we love the people around us.
Another thing about love: it’s messy. Since we’re imperfect people, there won’t ever be a perfect relationship between two people here on earth. Love isn’t easy, but it’s beautiful. Love isn’t safe, but it’s good. There is no guarantee someone will return your love, except with God. God will always love you, and that’s how we get the strength to love others even when they don’t love us. That’s how we get the strength to honestly love our enemies.
All of us have probably heard of the churches (most popular probably being the Roman Catholic Church) that send their “religious elite” to live alone or with others like them somewhere cut off from society so they can grow closer to and live devoted to God. This isn’t what God calls us to do. As Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15) They think separating themselves from others will help them to do God’s will. But we aren’t called to go off and devote ourselves to a strict religious agenda in solitude. We aren’t even called to keep to ourselves so we won’t be near this sinful world. We are called to avoid sin, but not people. We are not supposed to be like the people of the world, but we are supposed to be around them proclaiming Christ.
So how do we do that? By following Jesus’ example. Talking to them, witnessing, being kind, and loving them are all ways to show them Jesus through you. We can’t expect it to be easy, but we can expect Jesus to do some pretty cool things through us. He’ll lead us to where we should be. We just have to be willing to love the least of these He puts around of us.
Thank You for Your great, never-ending and never-failing love for us, Lord! Father, please use us to show Your love to others. We want to honor You. We love You God! Please help us love You more and the people You’ve put in our lives more! In Your Son Jesus’ Name we pray! Hallelujah! Amen.