As Christians we’re to love all people. This is confusing because people have a narrow definition of love. We see it all the time. “If you loved me you would…” The way Jesus loved wouldn’t meet most people’s definition of love.
Here are three examples of the way Jesus loved everyone.
1. He never refused to help those who asked.
In our culture love means not having to ask. When we follow the example of Christ we’re not able to meet the physical, spiritual, or emotional needs of every person on the planet. However, to the best of our ability, we can help those who ask.
Some will ask for the impossible. Like the rich young ruler. He wanted to go to Heaven but he didn’t want to fully surrender his life to Jesus. Jesus loved him but couldn’t help him. There are times we won’t be able to help. People have free will. They’ll often refuse the help they really need.
2. Jesus shared the good news with everyone who’d listen.
Many Christians are selective about who they’ll share the gospel with. Jesus loved everyone enough to let them know they could find hope and forgiveness in Him. He was honest to those whose hearts were hard. He was forgiving to those who were struggling with sin. He loved people enough to tell them the truth.
Our culture often refers to the truth as being judgmental. When a doctor tells someone they have cancer and informs them of the necessary treatment he isn’t being judgmental. If he didn’t inform them he would be considered evil wouldn’t he?
3. Jesus gave his life for His enemies.
What was the ultimate proof that Jesus loved everyone? He died for us while we were His enemies. In return we’re to offer our lives as living sacrifices. We’re to care more about the needs of others than our own needs. We do this by serving, teaching, and giving. If our Christian lives revolve around convenience we’re not sacrificing anything.
We’re to be willing to die for our faith. However, God doesn’t require any more sacrifice for the sins of man. What He requires is that we live for Him. If we love Him we’ll love others.
Our lives reflect this love when we…
Help those who ask.
If we love others we must be there for them when they need us most. Jesus helped others when he was frustrated and exhausted. We must put others before ourselves when they need us. This doesn’t mean you pass by those who are in need and don’t ask. Take every opportunity to help anyone you can. In order to do this you must physically and spiritually take care of yourself. When we neglect ourselves we neglect others.
Share the good news with everyone.
Take full advantage of every opportunity. Don’t assume someone will not listen. It’s God who convicts and draws. You’ll be accused of being judgmental. That’s fine just don’t be. Realize you need the same grace as the person you’re speaking with. To love is to care more about a persons eternity than whether or not they like you.
Be a living sacrifice.
As a Christian you’ve been given a spiritual gift or gifts. These gifts are not meant to be used for your personal entertainment. They’re meant to edify the church and glorify God. Use your gifts every time you have a chance. Even when it’s not convenient for your lifestyle. We only have this one life to store up treasure in Heaven. Don’t be more concerned with this world than eternity.
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40)