A Love Worth Imitating
The consistent love you show to others, friends and enemies alike, reflects the features of Jesus.
The entire world celebrates at Christmas. As Christians, we do not need Thanksgiving to be grateful, and we acknowledge the love of the Savior all year ‘round –no stockings necessary.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48, NIV)
The Lord shines over the whole world. He sacrificed His Son for the whole world. Who are we to say one person is deserving of compassion, mercy, and grace, while another doesn’t quite hit the mark? We all fall short (Romans 3:23). Our Father commands us to imitate Him in this way – “Love each other in the same way I have loved you” (John 15:12).
“...and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2, NIV)
That is the kind of love God wants the church to have. A love that is not prejudice, that makes no exception regarding color or nationality or language or any other thing. The consistent love you show to others, friends and enemies alike, reflects the features of Jesus.
How great and magnificent is the love of God. You won’t find flaws in God’s love; not one imperfection.