Q. How can you do better at loving others as Jesus has loved us ?
Some will say that love is a feeling, others ascribe that love is a decision . I say it is both. There are times when we are overwhelmed with and by love. It is spontaneous, a reaction to situation and circumstance, an emotional exchange between individuals alike. A returning of that which is lavished upon us. It can lead us to make both good and bad decisions, motivate us to great deeds or send us to the depths of despair.
Some situations in life call for us to deliberately choose to love, to love those in our life that have hurt or disappointed us, to love those who may not love in return.
When Jesus says, ” a new command I give you ” it is not for us to choose whom we will or will not love. Our love for one another is an action. It is in how we treat each other. Are we inclusive or exclusive , do we love the unlovely, are we known for unconditional acceptance…..love?
This kind of love, decision and emotion, extended to all in our world is an supernatural kind of love. In order to love as Christ loved us, we need Him. We can’t do it without Him dwelling in the centre of our being. He says that we ” must “. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it seems impossible, this is when we draw on His strength and make the choice to love. He did it for us, we who were most undeserving. He made the ultimate sacrifice of love and gave His life.
We need to pray each and every day that He will give us the capacity to LOVE MUCH.