The other day I read a Facebook status on my friend Laura’s wall that said, “I want to love like Christ does.” She went into detail and explanation on her post but those 7 words made me stop and think about my own life and how I don’t live or “love” like that.
So many verses in the Bible talk about Christ’s love for us. To be able to show that same kind of love towards our family, our friends and even those that are not our friends is something to work towards. We can easily love those who are lovely, but we should all take a look at how we treat those that are not so lovely.
Proverbs 10:12 (NASB)
Matthew 5:43-48 (NASB)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Luke 6:35 (NASB)
John 13:35 (NASB)
35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 15:13 (NASB)
Romans 12:9-21 (NASB)
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit,serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)
8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
These are just a few of the verses I found that speak pretty clearly about how Christ loves us and I have posted them here to be a reminder for me as I journey through this life that I need to show love to all people, not just the people I like, but also the people who I disagree with and find it difficult to like based on their words, their actions, and their life choices. I need to work harder to demonstrate Christ like love to everyone that I come into contact with everyday. 🙂