If love is the greatest commandment, then why are we most loving towards total strangers and hardest on those we supposedly love? Shouldn’t we love our children and our spouses the most and have
God’s love radiate from our home? In fact, this is what the Bible has to say about spouses loving each other:
Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her...”
We are commanded to love our children and to lead them in the way everlasting, to set a good example.
Ephesians 6:4, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”
Jesus wants us to love one another just as He loved us.
John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
God’s love is available to whosoever will... Whosoever will invite Him into their hearts and into their lives. Whosoever will follow Him all the days of their lives. Whosoever will make our Redeemer their Lord and Master. Is that person you?
The death of Jesus on the Cross clearly paints the portrait of ultimate and never-failing love. This is what Jesus did for each and every one of us. He died in our place. He redeemed us while we were yet sinners, completely unloveable. And yet, He gave us the benefit of the doubt and loved us as we were, cleansing us from all unrighteousness.
So today, take a chance on someone else and share the light and love of Jesus Christ with those around you...even if you don’t think they deserve it. We are most like Jesus when we are the servant of all, sharing His love with those who are broken and tormented.
But you must first learn how to love yourself before you can love someone else. Is there something in your past that is holding you back from loving yourself? Maybe you feel unworthy to be loved and so it’s impossible for you to reach out and love those around you.
Know today that God’s love knows no bounds and His reach is from everlasting to everlasting. No matter where you have been or what you have done, if you make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, you have been redeemed...set free. You are loved! You are royalty! And that is the greatest gift anyone could ever receive...the love of God the Father, the redemption of His Son, and the promise of eternal life.