All week I kept thinking not only about the unconditional love Jesus Christ has for us, but also about the love He calls us to share with others!
In John 15:12 Jesus said, “I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you.”
As I wrote in my previous post:
…Andrew doesn’t care. He loves her without condition. Never once has he mentioned her looks…her skinny body, crooked leg or deformed ears. Never once has he questioned her intelligence. Never once has he compared her to other cats. Never once has he asked where she came from. Nope, all he cares is that she’s here now. He loves her and so those things don’t matter.
Oh, the love of a child!
Love without condition, reservation or ulterior motive.
As adults we can be so petty sometimes. We tend to look at the outward shell of a person and instantly sum up their worth. We see a "fault" in a person and we can’t see past it. It’s easy to forget that each of us were made in the image of Christ. That each of us were made for a specific purpose and plan. That God loves everyone…not just the most desirable, lovable and eloquent. We question. We compare. We judge. All the while hoping no one will notice our own shortcomings!Proverbs 17:9 says, “Disregarding another person’s faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends.”
We are called to love others as Christ loves us. What a high calling indeed! How might our lives look differently if we chose to truly love others the way Jesus loves us? If we chose to disregard another person’s faults instead of exposing (or dwelling on) them? If we loved like a little child?
"Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate was is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other." Romans 12:9 & 10