Often, the love of Jesus is not seen in the lives of his creation.
Instead of love, what is seen are people trying to get ahead any way possible, while others seek revenge, spiteful actions, jealousy and hatred. These are not the things Jesus left us as examples of how to live. The true Christian knows that the love of Jesus must be seen in their lives each day.
The love of Jesus is seen in his compassion for men. He took the time to care for the sick, comfort the bereaved and many other good things.
A leper was to be avoided, but Jesus healed his illness. At the tomb of Lazarus, our Lord stood and wept. Not only did he care for the physical needs of people, he also was concerned about their spiritual needs.
On one occasion, the Bible tells us he was “moved with compassion” because the multitude was a flock without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36).
Just as the Lord showed compassion on mankind, we need to do the same. While we cannot heal the sick or raise the dead, we can offer comfort and help to them. Words of kindness, either by a card or in person, help lift the spirits of those in need. Christians need to take opportunities that come our way to show the love of Jesus to the world (Galatians 6:10).
The love of Jesus is seen in his love for all men. Prejudice did not have a place in the life of the Lord. This clearly is seen as he talked with a Samaritan woman (John 4:6). She even asked him about this (John 4:9). Not only did he talk with her, he taught her and her people.
To Jesus, it did not matter what nationality a person was — what mattered was they had a soul.
To show the love of Jesus in our lives today, we must remove all prejudice from our lives. If God is not a respecter of men, then Christians must not be, either (Galatians 3:28).
The love of Jesus is seen in his willing sacrifice for man. He left the glories of heaven to take on the form of man and die at Calvary for mankind (Philippians 2:5-11). Man did not take his life; he freely gave it for man. “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17-18).
The Christian who presents his body as a “living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1-2) shows the sacrificial love of Jesus.
This person puts others first and is not conformed to this world. Humility and willingness to follow God above all else is seen in this person’s life.
The love of Jesus is seen in his willingness to forgive. From the very cross where he was slain came these words: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). His love speaks volumes in those words. At a time when he could have called for the death of those who crucified him, we see his love.
Forgiveness must be a part of the Christian’s life if this part of the Lord’s love is to be seen. Nowhere do we see a spirit of hate or revenge portrayed by Jesus.
May the love of Jesus be seen in the lives of all, follow his example, obey the Father (Acts 2:38), become a Christian and live a life faithful to God.