Jesus Christ loved you and me more than anything.. He gave His dear life for us. The life of the light of this world was put down for us, mere ungrateful vermin that inhabit this earth, and why, you ask? Because He LOVED you and me.
Good morning dear readers, today let us look at the new commandment that Jesus gave us, and which He had exercised all the while He was on this earth.
In John, Chapter 13 verse 34, we read:
This is the very means by which we can identify the true disciples of Jesus Christ. A true disciple of Jesus would love the people around him without exception. They would love unconditionally, just like Jesus loved you and me.
Think of it: Jesus died on the cross for the salvation of every human on earth, and yet did He place conditions before taking up the cross to climb the mountain to His death? Did He even say a word to the soldiers that kept mocking and torturing Him?
He is the most innocent, purest person to ever have received death penalty for NOT doing any crime whatsoever. He took up OUR punishment, and died in our place. He died for the crime of loving us too much, and yet a huge majority of people on this earth choose to deny that Jesus even existed. How sad is that? I feel ashamed of my fellow humans.
A disciple should walk the same path his master walks, and therefore, before being captured, He gave His new commandment to His disciples: to love one another. He did this before going out to demonstrate His own love.
Now, loving each other has deeper implications than just caring. We as the disciples of Jesus Christ must consider each other far more important than ourselves, and be willing to make sacrifices for the good of our brothers and sisters in Christ. As long as we are the children of God, we are part of the same body of His church, and therefore bonded in a love deeper than what other normal humans can understand.
We love each other in Christ, and are brought together in His name, for the glorification of His name. We are a team, dear friends, in our mission with the same goal. Our love is everlasting, and founded on our Savior, and it can glow and reach out to everyone around us.
But one important and vital factor of loving is forgiving. It is one that we tend to forget all the time, and yet one factor without which love cannot exist. Our Lord Himself forgave us all our hatred and sins and died for our sake. He gave us the opportunity to be saved from our sins by repenting and by simply believing in Christ’s death on the cross for us. Even now, God is constantly forgiving the various wrongs we do in our lives. He must have to forgive so many things we do wrong in order to grant us His pure presence when we pray faithfully.
And now let’s take a look at ourselves: how easily do WE tend to forgive?
Many of you may say that you “forgive and forget” instantly. You may even be a person who always says “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” with no delay. But let me tell you this:
True forgiveness does not even have to contain words. If you truly have forgiven someone of their wrong against you, then you will never bring up the subject, and will love the person as if nothing has changed. More importantly, you will have plucked away your resentment from your heart. You will never even in your dreams remember that wrong they did, and will rather refill your heart with more love for that person. That is forgiveness.
Now ask yourself, just as I ask myself this morning, : How many people have you ACTUALLY forgiven? When you sit by yourself, immersed in thoughts, do the wrong word or action of your brother or sister or friend not come right into your mind? Do you not wonder why they would do such a thing to you?
I know sometimes it is hard to forgive. Sometimes it is even harder to forget although you want to forgive so bad. But all you have to think of is our Lord’s LOVE. Think of how much you love your friend, and how much you should love the people around you in order to at least try and come close to at least one-millionth of the love that your Master taught you.
Now as I read back at my own article, I realize that sometimes I have also forgotten to forgive, and have many times carried resentment in my heart, and repent of it. See, the word of God is a two-edged sword: it punctures both ways.
If I were to talk of love, and the lack of it we see these days, there would be no end to how much you scroll down my blog page to reach the end of it. Just remember one thing though: Jesus loves you no matter what, and He is always there, willing to heal you and comfort you if you believe.
Let us exercise this love and forgiveness that our Master taught us, my friends. Let us show our true identity to the world in the way that our Lord taught us: by love. By loving one another in this cold era where the rest of the world is quick to judge and hate.
God bless you and may the peace of Christ be with you.
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