To be loved and cared for is a deep heart desire. We long for the comfort and confidence in knowing we can rest in another soul’s acceptance. Many times, our search for love can cause us to look inward and we can completely miss any impact we could make in another’s life. We become more focused on being loved than giving love.
Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV) “the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”
We don’t have to look too hard to find a love that is true and never ends. Jesus offered this love to us over 2,000 years ago when He died on a cross for our sins, and He continues to invite us into this love to this very day. Because of this great love that has been so freely offered to us, we are called to take this love and give it away to others. We are called to love others in the same way Jesus shows us love each day. We are called to love well.
“In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.” -R.C Sproul
We are given a road map on how we are to love well. If we look in 1 Corinthians 13, we find a guide on how Jesus loves and how we are to love others.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends,” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8) ESV
This is the love of Jesus. Perfect. Honest. Pure.
- Jesus gives a love that is patient and gentle. He gently meets us where we are and offers comfort and peace.
- Jesus is kind. He sees our hearts, meets our needs, and wraps His loving arms around us.
- Jesus longs to be in deep relationship with us. This is a free invitation for all; we just have to accept it.
- Jesus does not force His love on His; He wants us to accept it and know without a doubt the abounding love only He can give.
- Jesus truly loves us. He does not want us to live in shame; in His love we find freedom.
- Jesus gave everything, His own life on a cross out of love. This is true, sacrificial love.
- Jesus forgives us of our sins when we go to Him with open hearts confessing our sinful nature. He forgives and wants us to live in His forgiveness.
- Jesus celebrates with you. He celebrates your victories. He is cheering you on as you walk the path He has paved for you.
- Jesus gives a love that lasts-through every circumstance, every transition in life, every day you walk on this earth. It never fails, never gives up, and is unending.
Before you can forgive others, you have to trust that you have been forgiven. Before you can show grace, you have to accept the grace that is generously given. Before you can love others, you have to believe that you’ve been offered a love like no other. Step into each day knowing your Savior, Jesus, gives a tender and beautiful love, and that He will continue to pour generously into your life covering you with His sweet fragrance. Once you’ve accepted this truth, go and love others well like Jesus loves you.
Here are some small gestures to show those around you love and kindness:
- Hold the door for someone
- Write a heartfelt letter, text, or email showing your appreciation
- Pay for someone’s groceries in line behind you
- Make eye contact during a conversation
- Pray for someone
- Lend a helping hand for someone in need
1 John 4:11 (ESV) “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
I hope you’ve enjoy the “This is Love” series! If you missed part 1, you can find it here. If you haven’t joined us in the February Scripture Writing challenge, there’s still time! Join us as we read through the Bible and learn of the deep love God has for us.