Week 2 Day 4 – God’s power to love others
Loving people is hard! There really isn’t a better way to say this. Loving people is downright hard. People are complicated, cruel, difficult to deal with, stubborn, unlovable and honestly they are just people. Imagine how difficult you can be at times, and God still through all that God is forbearing.
Jesus is speaking to one of the teachers of the law in Mark 12:28 and they ask him “what is the greatest commandment in the law” and Jesus gives the commonly known scripture; love God with everything you have and love people as you love yourself. This response was given completely in context to the question that was asked. The law though it did not achieve its full purpose was designed to build better relationship with God and with people. The challenge of the law is that we can only love according to our capacity, our worldview and ultimately our preference. We selectively love things about ourselves and sometimes even hate ourselves, so we extend that love to others as well. In the law, your greatest limitation in loving others is you.
In John 13:34 Jesus gives us a new (better) commandment; “Love one another as I have loved you.” Suddenly the picture changes. Now we should love people according to the standard that Jesus has set. Now we don’t have to love people according to our love standard but according to his love standard. The love of Christ is characterised by forbearance, forgiveness, acceptance, sacrifice, and a complete giving of self. With your own capacity you cannot love people, and with your own standards no one is worthy of love. When you put on the love of Christ and you receive that love, you can share it with others so they too can experience what you have received. You become a conduit of the love of Christ, like a pipe that simply channels from the source. You receive power to love others
1 Peter 4:8
Lord give me a revelation of your love. Reveal your loving nature to me so I can understand how you feel about me
Teach me to love and accept others, even as you have loved and accepted me. Teach me to unburden others of the expectations I have placed on them.
I love others with the same heart of Christ, not by my own rules or preferences but I love them even as Jesus loves them.
I have received power to love others, I am a conduit of the love of Christ to the world.