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Loving Like Jesus

“For God so loved the world” is a phrase from a verse that many know well, and the first part of this statement is a loaded one. The whole Word of God is a story that essentially started with, “God so loved.” Everything that unfolds throughout time and before the foundation of time is because He so loved.

His love caused him to act, and as we read 1 Corinthians 13, we see that true love is action. It is action that emotionally, physically, and spiritually protects and provides for the object(s) of our love. In “God so loved,” we find this kind of action lived out for us. However, as humans, we are sometimes hard to love. The Lord gave us an amazing example of great love in Matthew 14:34–36 and showed us how we can love those around us through our actions. This story is about men from Gennesaret who loved in such a way, that it changed their country . . .

34 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; 36 and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.

In this story, the word “love” does not appear, but the actions caused only by love are found in every sentence. They recognized Jesus and saw he had been healing all over the land, and this news had come to the town of Gennesaret. They knew what he could do, and in these verses is where we see their love take action.

First, we see the consistency of their love through what they shared. They made sure that everybody in Gennesaret knew that Jesus, the one who can heal, came to their city. They not only let everybody know about Jesus, but they also went and got all those who were sick and brought them to where Jesus was.

Second, we see the persistency of their love. They implored Jesus to let the sick touch the bottom of Jesus’ clothes. The word “implore” means “to beg earnestly or desperately.” They begged and worked hard to get these sick people close to Jesus so they could be healed.

The last aspect of their love was their great faith. They knew that if the sick could just touch Jesus’ clothes, they would be healed. Because of their great love for their people and their city, the actions of these men changed lives and the environment around them.

When we truly have faith in something, it changes how we interact with that object, and there are practical examples all around us. Think about money. We believe or have faith in money that it will pay our bills, buy our food, and help us live from day-to-day, so we treat it as so—we budget and save. Think about a gun. We believe or have faith that a gun can harm us, so we handle it carefully and have classes on how to handle it. Now think about faith. If we truly believe that Jesus can change a person’s life, that should change how we interact with those who do not know Christ.

Let us resolve to love as these men in Gennesaret loved: with consistency, persistency, and with great faith. Let’s resolve to bring all those who are under our care or in our life to Christ. Let us continually pray and beg desperately at the throne of heaven for those around us to come to Christ. Let us live out a life of great faith.

Let’s go and love!

 

This staff devotional was written by ABCH House Parent, Daniel Lee.

 

 

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