Loving as Jesus Loved

 

Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father,
having loved His own who were in the world,
He loved them to the end.
John 13:1

Jesus is the best example to follow in anything in life. Jesus taught us that love is the most important thing. Love is the healthy energy that gives life to the giver and receiver. Everything grows in love.

There’s a difficult side to loving as Jesus loved: sometimes our love will be one-way. We will pour into people and receive little or nothing back. Sometimes these people will hurt us. Jesus taught us to love anyway.

Jesus’ love was perfect. My love is imperfect. As I fail in love, I get back up and learn to love more perfectly. You and I never will love perfectly as Jesus loved. We only can keep giving each other second chances. We only can try again and again and again.

To prove he loved us, Jesus let us unfairly murder him, all the while loving and forgiving us.

I’ve been thinking about this quote from CS Lewis:

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis,

Sometimes the hardest people to love are those closest to us: our own family, our own children, and our own coworkers. Jesus loved little children; he loved his family and friends, and his disciples, even when they were acting really stupid. He never let his heart harden. He never said, “That’s the last straw.” He let us break his heart, and through his pain, he kept loving us, all the way to the end of his life.

Some of the wounds people inflict on us, only God can heal. We must turn to him. Demanding healing from the person who wounded us could make us bitter. Trying to heal ourselves with self-medication only numbs the symptoms. Bring the wounds to Jesus. Through His suffering, he heals our wounds so we can risk and love again.

Phillip

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