Love is a word that is passed around without much thought. We love pizza, we love hanging out with friends, or we love someone’s new outfit or shoes. Sometimes there are friends at church, work, or school that we casually profess our love to, but we eventually lose touch other than an occasional like or comment Instagram or Facebook. Is this the type of love the Bible talks about? No. Biblical, Christ-like love is so much deeper than that, and we are called to love like Jesus.
One day the church leaders asked Jesus what the most important of the Ten Commandments was. He answered, “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” That’s a little harder to do than loving a cute pair of shoes!
The Bible can sometimes seem backwards to an unbeliever and sometimes even to us! The first will be last? It’s better to give than receive? Leaders must be servants? How does any of that make sense? But love your enemies? Pray for them? That sounds the most unbelievable of all! The Bible might seem a little backwards from our limited perspective, but to God it’s right on point.
Christ-like love means we must love everyone the way Jesus does, all the time. Whether it’s an annoying sibling, unfair boss, or even someone who has really hurt you. It’s just not an option. One of the easiest ways to love someone is to pray for them. Another way is to forgive them if they’ve wronged you. Sometimes the easiest way is to just be nice to someone who is lonely or unpopular! When you start to feel indifferent or unloving towards someone, just try to look at them again, but this time through the eyes of Christ. Does that change your perspective? It should! Remember, he loves and died for us all!