How is it possible to love others who you don’t like or have done you wrong when it’s a commandment? http://godsunknownmessengerr.webs.com/how-to-love-others-as-christ
To love like Jesus, we need to understand a simple truth. We cannot live the Christian life on our own.
Sooner or later, in the midst of our frustration, we come to
the conclusion that we're doing something wrong. It's not working. Our best
efforts just don't cut it.
All of us want to love like Jesus. We want to be generous, forgiving, and compassionate enough to love people unconditionally. But no matter how hard we try, it just doesn't work. Our humanness gets in the way.
Jesus was human too, but he was also God incarnate. He was
able to see the people he created in a way that we can't. He personified love.
In fact, the Apostle John said, "God is love..." (1 John 4:16)
You and I are not love. We can love, but we can't do it
perfectly. We see others' faults and stubbornness, and when we remember the
slights they have done to us, a small part of us can't forgive. We refuse to
make ourselves as vulnerable as Jesus did because we know we'll get hurt again.
We love through words alone and at the same time we hold back.
Yet Jesus tells us to love as he did: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (John 13:34)
How do we do something we're incapable of doing? We turn to Scripture for the answer and it's there we learn the secret of how to love like Jesus.
Love Like Jesus Through Abiding
We don't get very far before we learn the Christian life is impossible. Jesus gave us the key, however: "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." (Mark 10:27)
He explained this truth in depth in the 15th chapter of the Gospel
of John, with his parable of the vine and branches.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard. My Father examines every branch in Me and cuts away those who do not bear fruit. He leaves those bearing fruit and carefully prunes them so that they will bear more fruit; already you are clean because you have heard My voice. Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. A branch cannot bear fruit if it is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me.
I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn. If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you. Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.
I have loved you as the Father has loved Me. Abide in My love. Follow My example in obeying the Father’s commandments and receiving His love. If you obey My commandments, you will stay in My love. I want you to know the delight I experience, to find ultimate satisfaction, which is why I am telling you all of this.
My commandment to you is this: love others as I have loved you. There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends. You celebrate our friendship if you obey this command. I don’t call you servants any longer; servants don’t know what the master is doing, but I have told you everything the Father has said to Me. I call you friends. You did not choose Me. I chose you, and I orchestrated all of this so that you would be sent out and bear great and perpetual fruit. As you do this, anything you ask the Father in My name will be done. This is My command to you: love one another. (John 15:1-17)
Did you catch that in verse 5? "Apart from me you can
do nothing." We can't love like Jesus on our own. In fact, we can't do
anything in the Christian life on our own.
Love Like Jesus by Trusting
Surrendering and abiding are things we can do only through the power of the Holy Spirit. He dwells in baptized believers, guiding us to the right decision and giving us the grace to trust God.
When we see a selfless Christian saint who can love like
Jesus, we can be sure that person is abiding in Christ and he in her. What
would be too hard on our own, we can do through this act of abiding. We
continue to abide by reading the Bible, praying, and communicating with other
believers who are in agreement with written truth without human interpretation
and deciding what is in context and what is not when all is truth understood
through His Spirit of truth. In this way our trust in God is built up.
Like branches on a vine, our Christian life is a growth process. We mature more every day. As we abide in Jesus, we learn to know him better and trust him more. Cautiously, we reach out to others. We love them. The greater our trust in Christ, the greater our compassion will be.
This is a lifelong challenge. When we are rebuffed, we have the choice to draw back or give our hurt to Christ and try again. Abiding is what matters. When we live that truth, we can begin to love like Jesus.
Also know the fires mentioned represent affliction in tribulation rather than God’s mercy with one good example being Psalms 91. – Want God’s mercy?
“Because He said to Moses, “I will show mercy to whomever I choose to show mercy, and I will demonstrate compassion on whomever I choose to have compassion.” The point is that God’s mercy has nothing to do with our will or the things we pursue. It is completely up to God. The Scriptures even speak to the Pharaoh himself: “I have given you a position of power so that I might show My greater power through you and so that My name might be declared throughout every land upon the earth.” So when and where God decides to show mercy is completely up to Him. Likewise, when He chooses to harden one’s heart, how can we argue? (Romans 9:15-18)
Is this world of loving brothers and sisters abiding in the vine when 99.9 percent show no compassion towards others in need? I abide and love all regardless of what they say or think about me because just as those who crucified Jesus Christ, they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
Being human just as all others, I am as Paul speaks in Romans 7:14-25 regarding our battles between the flesh and spirit while striving to abide always because I look to the Father as instructed in Proverbs 3:5-6; and with God’s instruction I speak what this world of believers don’t like because complete truth is not taught in the uncountable religions spread worldwide where Satan dwells. (Revelation 2:13-17)
Therefore I am not liked, not heard, not understood and persecuted by false brethren just as Christ told me years ago I would be through His words in John 15:18-21; yet with patience I run the race set before me with a great reward coming for keeping my faith in all circumstance. (Hebrews 12:1, 1 Samuel 2:8)
May God show you mercy through having some compassion for others because the days are coming when God will give you in the exact same way you gave others. (Jeremiah 17:10, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Proverbs 21:13)
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