Monday, June 28, 2010

Jesus Wants His Disciples To Be Loving

Most people are under-loved, so we need to get to work.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied, "'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."

1 John 5:2 We know we love God's children if we love God and obey His commandments.

The most attractive thing about Jesus is that he did not exclude anybody, it didn't matter what everybody else thought about a person, Jesus love for people looked beyond what they did and how they behaved.

That is so difficult for us to do, our ability to love comes from the ability of the other person to measure up to our standards. God told us to love with no strings attached, was that person nice to me? Do they behave and look a certain way? No, well love them anyway.

The only way that we can accomplish loving all of those people that we can't stand to love is to love God first. Jesus love for people was the result of his love for God, if we begin with loving God then he will help us to love what he loves, the more that Jesus disciples love God the more they will love people without exception.

Jesus Makes The Difference

Philippians 2:1-2  Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 
The only way that people are going to be attracted to God is for them to be loved. Who in the world would be drawn to a God that might not like them? A God that might reject them. Who would be attracted to a God that has hateful, unloving children?

Love is the bait that attracts unbelievers, I need to love until someone ask why, I need to display God's extravagant love in my sphere of influence.

Help me Lord to love without strings attached so that people are drawn to you.


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