Saturday, May 26, 2018

Unconditional Christian Love

Unconditional Christian Love

  • Jesus said, ‘By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another’ (Jn 13:35)

  • John wrote, ‘We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death’ (1 Jn 3:14)

... but what is the actual definition of Christian love?

Jesus once said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ He also said, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Mt 22)
He calls us to bestow our love in the following order:

  • Firstly, toward God (with all our heart, soul and mind)
  • Next, toward others (as much as we love ourselves)
  • Lastly, toward ourselves
Paul commands us to ‘owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.’ (Ro 13:8-10) 

In a like manner, Jesus also summarizes the Christian faith as being founded on love: 

Jesus says, ‘Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.’ (Lk 6:30-36) 

The Bible teaches that Christian love is giving to others (our possessions, our wealth, our time, our energy and our wisdom) without expecting anything in return. It’s a high calling, but it should be the goal of all believers, who first received this love through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.

Living the Christian Life
It can certainly be a challenge living the Christian life in these troublesome times. We are here to encourage you to not give in or give up. Please study with us and pray. Share the things that God reveals to you. Thank you for being a part of Straight Christianity.


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