I Love You!

We talk a lot about love today. Let's look at the life of one who lived love continually, the whole time that He walked this planet. His Name is Jesus, He's God-incarnate. We need to look close at the Creator, to see what love really is. When he came he laid His life down for us daily besides his one time sacrifice on the cross. By giving of himself through his prayers, his healings, his sermons, just everything that he did. He put others first and himself last. He was meeting people's needs everywhere that he went.

Whether it was the man who had so many devils in him that they were called Legion and Jesus cast them out (ck. Mark 5:1-20) or blind Bartimaeus, the blind beggar whom Jesus gave sight just by speaking and he was healed (ck. Mark 10:46-52). Or the deaf and dumb man whom he touched and caused him to both hear and speak (ck. Mark 7:31-37). I could mention Jairus' daughter whom He raised from the dead (ck. Mark 5:21-43). Possiblily of interest would be the paralyzed man whom Jesus forgave his sins and told him to get up and walk (ck. Mark 2:2-12). Even when he confronted the Pharisees with truth, he was operating in perfect love (ck. Matt.23). On and on we could go, Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, those who see their sinful condition before God (ck. Luke 19:10).

Those who feel like they are good enough in themselves don't need him, they are self-righteous. Yet, the word says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (ck. Rom. 3:23). It also says, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (ck. Rom.3:10). But Jesus said, "...I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance" (ck. Mark 2:17). So we see from this that Jesus can't save those who are righteous in themselves. They must see their real position as sinners before God. Then Jesus is able to save them.

After we invite the Lord Jesus Christ into our lives by repenting and receiving the forgiveness that he offers, we become new creatures (ck. 2 Cor. 5:17) and it's at this point that we begin to realize what love is really all about.

Love involves giving whether the other is worthy of it or not (cf. John 3:16). We sure weren't worthy of God's love that he shed on us abundantly when he became a man and died on the cross for our sins (ck. Rom.5:8). It's a sacrificial love, a love that doesn't stop (Rom.8:32). He actually prayed for those who put him on the cross and asked the Father to forgive them (Luke 23:34). We're not to just talk love, we're called to walk it, people need to see Jesus in us by the way that we live (ck. I John 3:18; Acts 4:13). We don't really love God nor can we be His disciples unless we love as he loved (ck. I John 4:8; John 13:34,35). We are only capable of living this type of love because the Lord first loved us and when we are born of him, he comes in and gives us the power to live it (ck. I John 4:19; Phil. 2:13).

And this is the beginning of the greatest love relationship that you could experience. If I can have the privilege to talk to you more about him on a one to one basis, please call me or e-mail me. Thanks!

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