Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
This is the command that we, Christians, strive for everyday. We are helping others, praying for others, and being with them when they need. We continuously show the love of Jesus Christ in our lives.
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? (James 2:15-16)
James clearly made a point. Loving others is more than just talking. It requires our action: providing physical needs as well as spiritual needs. Handing out warm clothes, socks and shoes is a great example of showing the love of Jesus Christ, which directly touches their bodies, hearts and souls. This love will not be forgotten for a long time. Of course, our good deeds are originated from our heart, where Jesus Christ’s love resides, which, thus, touches the hearts of others in Christ. As a result, His Love is complete. Our hearts are also blessed because the blessings are multiplied in the love of Christ. How a beautiful scene it is on earth as well as in Heaven!
Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. (1 Corinthian 8:13)
Apostle Paul manifested his love by limiting his right and freedom for others, especially for those who are weaker in faith. At the time of Apostle Paul, meats scarified to idols were also sold on the market as well as other meats. For Apostle Paul, who knew “an idol is nothing in the world,” and that “there is no God but one,” eating those meats was nothing. However, for new believers, it was a real stumbling block. Thus, he said in the book of 1 Corinthian chapter 8 verse 1: Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. He stressed that exercising his knowledge, although it is absolutely true, could harm fellow Christians, new and weak in faith. Instead, he asked us to show love by limiting our freedom that is firmly grounded on knowledge. He continued reminding us: Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. (1 Corinthian 8:2) We are easily deceived by our own knowledge by using it from our own point of view, not the point of view of others, especially those who are weak. Loving is not demonstrating our knowledge that others who lack in knowledge, but understand others, and care for others although it requires for us to limit our right and freedom. Loving others is often costly, which can bring in pains also. Even so, we continue loving others in Christ. Why? Jesus Christ first loved us.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
Yes, He paid the ultimate price to us to show His Love because there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for others. What else a person can do to others if his own life is given to others. It is an ultimate love. It is not sharing what we have nor limiting our freedom for other. It is an ultimate trade of the very existence of self with others. Praise the Lord! He, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6 & 8)
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
By the way, he did not call “others”, but “his friends.” He did not treated us as servants, but put us equal to Him, who can talk and make a friendship with Him. Give Thanks to Jesus Christ! By giving out His own life as the ultimate atonement, He destroyed the barrier between us and God. The barrier was started by our sins, and has been continuously being built higher and higher by adding our sins. Without His loving sacrifice on the cross, we would have being trapped in our own sins forever, and those sins ultimately bring us to eternal death.
Praise the Lord! His name will be glorified. Give thanks to God, because He gave His only begotten Son! Sing praises to God! Jesus calls us friends to share all true knowledge of the love and riches of the Kingdom in Heaven.
Let’s pray together to increase our faith and love to others while being filled with love to others, and our lives are full of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control because against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)