Today, most define love as some type of ooey-gooey feeling. We “fall in love,” or two people meet and it is “love at first sight.” But the world’s love is a selfish matter. If you meet my needs and love me, I will in return “love” you. It is based on getting something from someone else, and it does not give love where it cannot be benefitted from – “If you do not please me then I have no love for you.” So, for the world, love must be earned by making someone else feel good. But, real love is not manipulating someone into doing what you want them to do. Biblical love is a purposed commitment to sacrificially do things for others. It is an action, not a feeling. Real love is selfless and has no conditions or motives behind its actions. To fully understand Biblical love, let’s look at our greatest example – Jesus Christ! 1 John 4:9 talks about how God sent His only begotten Son to show us His love, and that love was proved when Christ was crucified for us. (John 3:16) God, in His love toward us, provided a substitution for us. Jesus took the blame and penalty of our sin upon Himself so that we could be forgiven and become a child of God. How can we show true Biblical love to those around us? John 13:34, 35 states how God wants us to treat those we meet, and by it the world will see a true follower of Christ. Showing love is easier for some people than others. The hardest part is looking past ourselves and seeing the needs of others. If you desire to show real love to someone, ask God to put someone on your heart. Christians often fall by the wayside because they do not think that anyone loves them or cares about them. Try to show your family members that you love them above just telling them that you do. Love for others can make a difference, so let’s show the world the love of Jesus Christ through us.
Bro. Andrew Day | Missionary to Ireland