Love, God’s Definition

Today, when I read Mark 12 in my Bible, I came across this commentary which hit home what true love is–agape–God’s definition of love.  In his book, Lessons from a Sheep Dog, Phillip Keller wrote:  “Love for the Master is not some sweet sentimental emotion that sweeps over the soul in moments of special piety.  Love for Christ is a deliberate setting of the will to carry out His commands at any cost.  It is the fixed attitude of heart that decides to do His will at all times.  It is the desire and delight of accomplishing our Father’s highest purposes, no matter how challenging…”

Some people are called to teach the Gospel while others are called to minister to the poor, disadvantaged, homeless and needy.  Both done in love and can be very challenging but the reward is knowing that you are making a difference in someone’s life.  It was not easy for Jesus to minister to the needs of the diseased, demon possessed, blind, cripple, sick, lost and the hungry.  There were times when He was tired.  He wanted to get away somewhere quiet where He could mourn the death of His cousin John the Baptist but love and compassion for the people kept Him going. 

I think of the widow who gave what might seem like nothing much compared to the rich who put in a lot of money.  Jesus was not impressed with the rich who gave out of their abundance.  He was impressed with the widow who out of her poverty put in all that she had–her whole livelihood.  God is looking for people who are willing to give to Him all they have–their livelihood.  He wants all of us–not part of us.  And this is not asking for much.  He gave all of Himself when He came into the flesh.  He came to give His life as a ransom for many.  He, out of great love for us, gave all that He had–His precious blood. 

Jesus came to give Himself to us, so why is it so hard for us to give ourselves to Him?  We should be willing and ready to love Him and others.  As the song says, And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love

Follow Jesus’ example.  Demonstrate the love of God by serving others and putting their needs before your own.


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