Love was born that night. Jesus's love is unmatched. We all know this is true, but how did Jesus model love?
Jesus is love in action. Think for a moment about how you experienced loved over this past year through action or deed, not words. Lovelies, words are cheap! They are easy to speak but harder to live. Jesus displayed time and time again how to love through action. Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice. We are not forced into a relationship with Jesus. He wooed us into relationship by dying for us.
Jesus is love in shepherding. He is the Great Shepherd and fights for the one. When we wander out of His Presence, He herds us back into His fold. He deeply loves His sheep and waits patiently for us to come back to His Unfailing Love.
Jesus is love without prejudice. Jesus loved without barriers. He broke bread with those who hated Him. He was able to do this and experience love for His enemies because He knew His true identity and was unintimidated by His environment.
Jesus's love was displayed by dying. Jesus came to earth to die. He knew Our Father's plan for His life. Can you imagine what that would have been like living with the full knowledge of the brutality that awaited Him and walking through life being so hated and misunderstood? Talk about someone who without a doubt had every right to give up and throw in the towel . . . but Love!
Jesus was the walking example that perfect love drives out all fear. Jesus did not live with fear. He knew no fear. However, He knew that the power of the Love of the Father should be feared. Not that we fear God, because God is not a Father to live in fear of, but a Father who should be revered. (Fear of God refers to fear or a specific sense of respect, awe, and submission to a deity.) Those who fear the Lord gain wisdom. Those who fear the Lord walk in true identity. Those who fear the Lord are unshakable. Those who fear the Lord live their lives fully alive.
How successful are you in showing and giving authentic love?
Dear Almighty Father,
Oh how I love you. I adore you. There is no one on this earth who deserves my full adoration, praise and sacrifice. It is reserved only for you. You are my everything. Nothing else matters. You are unmatched.
When I look back on my life, Father, I see room for improvement. I want to love like you. I am made in your image so I am naturally predisposed to love like you, but sometimes life gets in the way. I forget who I am and Whose I am, and my blindspots hinder my ability to love unconditionally.
I have a request, a gift request of you this Christmas. You said I can ask anything according to your will and you will give it to me. Well, I know I am asking according to your will, so please give me the ability to love like you. Change my DNA. Help me love beyond what I am capable in the natural. I know if I can wholeheartedly shift the way I love, I will become a beacon of light to all around me. I want to change the world, Father. You created me to change the world. Let my love be a spark that changes this world, or at least my little corner of it!
Because I know the benefits of giving, the gift I give you is my whole heart. Every part of me. The good, the bad, the ugly. It's all yours.
I adore you dearly, my Precious Father, my Mentor of Love, and my Gift of Life. Amen.
Below are scriptures to meditate on while you usher in the gift of Love!
And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value. Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense.
1 Corinthians 13:3-5
Hold on to loyal love and don’t let go, and be faithful to all that you’ve been taught. Let your life be shaped by integrity, with truth written upon your heart. That’s how you will find favor and understanding with both God and men— you will gain the reputation of living life well. Proverbs 3:3-4
With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience.