Love Like Jesus
Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten too little sleep. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched a series of sappy, true life videos. Maybe it’s because I’m a softy when it comes to watching others struggle. But, all I know is God has given me a very tender heart over the years. I have always been compelled to do whatever I can to encourage and help others. That is when it’s within my power to help those around me.
Now, I don’t accept the assumption that this makes me some great person. Honestly, I have a natural bent towards selfishness like most. I don’t always look for or recognize the hurt of those around me. I can easily get absorbed in my own struggles. I live often with tunnel vision and seek only to get my needs met.
However, something happened when Jesus came into my heart. When I promised God twenty five years ago that I would do anything short of sin to reach others for Jesus. When I asked God to fully lead my heart and grow within me a sincere Christlike compassion for others. My heart change has always led to my life change. To this day I’m moved by a Christlike love and compassion towards others. I hope to spend the rest of my life loving others as Christ has proved his love for me.
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:9-13)