Learn to Love

Learn to Love

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

One of the primary marks of a disciple of Jesus is love!  Scripture makes it abundantly clear that we love because he first loved us.  The greatest love ever given was through Jesus at the cross. 

“Greater love has none than this that someone lays down his life for his friends.”(John 15:13) 

He loved us and gave himself up for us! (Gal 2:20, Eph. 5:2, 25, Rev. 1:5) 

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

We can only love to the degree that we experience and receive his love. God desires that the first commandment to Love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength be restored to first place in our lives.  We love God because he first loves us with his whole heart, mind, soul and strength, which he showed us at the cross.  When we understand and experience this kind of committed love revealed through the cross of Christ, we can then love like he loves, laying down our lives for all those around us, and showing ourselves to be his disciples. As John Stott writes,

“The Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.”[i]

John 6:55-56 “For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”

 

 

For the Supremacy of Christ in all things,

 

Jason Hubbard

 

[i] CJ Mahaney, Living the Cross Centered Life(Sisters, Multnomah Publishers, 2006) , pg 13

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