How Does Jesus Love Us?


How Does Jesus Love Us?

John 13:34-35
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)


How Does Jesus Love Us?

He forgives those who hurt Him.

In the worst moment, Christ’s disciples abandoned Him. Peter had denied Him and Judas betrayed Him. The people He came to rejected Him to the point of death. And the Roman soldiers were brutal and humiliating. Jesus’ response was, “Father, forgive them.” Before we could have cared less about Him, He had already forgiven us. To love as He loved, we must forgive even before those who hurt us repent.


He gives up everything for our good.

Why did Jesus leave Heaven for the dark womb of a woman and the dry land of Israel? It was for the good of all. He died to deal with the sin that had separated man from God leaving us empty of His fullness. By dying for all, He gave all the opportunity for something better. To love as He loved us, our life must center on the willingness to give up our comforts to do what is good for others.


He speaks the truth in love.

When He spoke to the people, He did not hold back the truth to ensure their affection for him. Instead, for their good, He spoke the truth they needed to hear. He spoke words of life like a scalpel cutting through to remove the cancerous sin. To love like Him, we must be willing to speak the truth people need to hear for their own good and we must speak in a posture and language of love.

He never gives up on anyone.

Jesus called Judas “Friend.” Even as Judas has been filled with demonic intentions and kisses Jesus on the cheek betraying Him to the soldiers for thirty pieces of silver, Jesus expressed love. Knowing what Judas was about to do, Jesus removed his outer clothing, wrapped a towel around his waist, and knelt down at Judas’ nasty feet and black heart. He gently washed the dirt away with warm water and a soft touch. To love as He loves, we must continue to use wisdom to minister to those who seem to be a lost cause.

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