Christ’s love as an example to us

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19, NIV

 

Note here, that the verse instructs us to love.  Not “love specific people who have been good to you” or “love those who are convenient to love”. The verse says be loving, for He loves us.

Christ’s love is sacrificial and unconditional. Our love should be the same, but as loving as we can be, many of us don’t live up to these expectations most of the time. Our love is conditional, and not always sacrificial.

Keeping with this month’s theme of loving thy neighbour, look at those around you, your church, class, CG or MG. Is there someone you haven’t spoken to or caught up with for a while? Start by striking up a conversation with them, ask them how you can pray for them, and do so.

Be loving, because he first loved us.

Being Loving

As Christians, we are told to love and be loving towards those around us. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 details just what that love should entail. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

 

Patience, kindness, humility, honour, selflessness, forgiveness, honesty are some of the core values of Christian love. It is very possible to excel in one aspect but falter in others. Are you selfless, yet hold an old grudge? Or perhaps humble, but not always entirely honest with your loved ones.

 

Often, we are blinded to our own shortcomings or have justified them to ourselves. Seek the help of a member of your community, to find out what aspect of love you may be lacking, and work on improving it.

Devotion to each other, and serve the Lord

Christian Friendship and Family

 

PROVERBS 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

 

A simple, yet profound verse describing what Christian relationships should be. Loving at all times is not easy when everyone goes through their own ups and downs in life, and only through the Holy Spirit and obeying the Word can we achieve this.

 

Adversity is also not always external. Sometimes our sinful nature may cause us to antagonise our own friends and family members. Always remember Christ’s unconditional love for the church as the model of the love we should have towards one another. God put the people in our lives not just for them to be there for us, but vice versa.

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As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17.


Most likely to be a familiar verse to most of us, we know that “iron sharpens iron” means that we Christians are meant to keep each other accountable and “sharp” for the Lord.

 

What does this look like in our daily lives? We should make all efforts to interact and communicate with our Christian communities, even during inconvenient times such as these. Despite feeling comfortable at home, we should take the time and energy to go for physical services and bible studies.

 

Iron need to come into contact with other iron to sharpen each other, as we should as Christians motivating and building up each other.

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