Who Loves Ya, Baby?
Read John Chapters 13 and 15
Jn 15:9 “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love.
Jn 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
The answer to today’s question will depend on who you are. The Christian can count on many sure things, but this sure thing may be the most vitally important of all – God loves His children. The picture painted in these verses is wildly beautiful. The Father loves His Son. The Son loves the Father. The Son has passed His Father’s love on to the adopted children of the Father. The Father’s love and the Son’s love are passed on to every believer, the proof of which is evidenced by the presence of the Holy Spirit within the heart of each believer.
Verse 12 carries that theme even further. The love which we have received from the Father and the Son, through the Spirit, is to be passed on by each of us to every other believer.
Jn 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
We are COMMANDED to love one another. Jesus specifically stated this as a command, not a suggestion. Those who are God’s elect must love one another. We should look at this idea two ways. First, are we obeying this command? Are we working on perfecting our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we consciously exhibiting love for each other as we go about out daily routines? One of our daily priorities should be to pour out God’s love to everyone we meet each day. It is our duty and our command from our Savior. To see how we are to love, 1 Corinthians chapter 13 gives us all we need to know how to love. Here is only a small sample:
1Co 13:6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Secondly, we should be fully aware of how deeply we are loved by our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is easy for the SSA man and woman to feel unloved. Part of who we are and where we are coming from has evolved because we have not perceived love from others, somewhere along the path of our gender development. A major part of our healing must come by our recognizing that we truly are loved. We must come to truly believe that both God and other Christians love us deeply. Our insecurities will remain in place until such time as we realize we really and truly are loved.
Naturally, we will not sense love from every Christian we meet. In fact, some Christians, walking in the way of the world, may give us the opposite idea. Some Christians have not learned the lesson we are trying to learn today. We must get beyond that thought, and realize that there are many, many brothers out there who do love us with the Agape love of Christ. It is way too easy to believe our enemy’s lie that we are not loved. Let us gather together with believers in Christ, and find those who will confirm God’s love to us and confirm their love for us. Then return that love to them.
Prayer: Lord, this is so hard. We have lived under the mistaken impression that we are not loved, for much of our lives. Help us to see the truth, Your truth, that You and many of Your children love us. Prevent our enemy from blinding our eyes any longer.