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Jesus' true love comes from forgiveness
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Often times, the love of Jesus is not seen in the lives of his creation.
The world is full of people trying to get ahead anyway possible, seeking revenge, jealousy and hatefulness. These are not the things Jesus left man for examples of how to love. 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 showed love to all kinds of people, taking the time to care for the sick, comfort the bereaved and do 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 showing his love for his friends.
He not only cared for the physical needs of people, but also was concerned about their spiritual needs. On one occasion, the Bible tells us he was “... moved with compassion...” because the multitude was as a flock without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). His love for mankind led him to see needs and care for those needs.
Just as the Lord showed love for mankind, mankind today needs to do the same. While Christians cannot heal the sick or raise the dead, they can offer comfort and help to them. Words of kindness either by 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 compassion for all men. Prejudice did not have a place in the life of the Lord. This is clearly seen as He talked with a Samaritan woman (John 4:6). She even asked him about this.  “Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, ‘How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans’” (John 4:9). Not only did he talk with her, but he also taught her and her people. To Jesus, it did not matter what nationality a person was, what mattered was they had a soul and needed to know of his love for them. To show the love of Jesus today, Christians must remove all prejudice from our lives. If God is not a respecter of men, then Christians must not be either (Galatians 3:28). Some people in a nationality do not care about the love of Jesus, but that does not mean that everyone of that nationality is the same. It may be that if the love of Jesus is shown to all those who seem not to care, they may start to see the need to change and to learn of the love of Jesus.
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 to 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 love of Jesus is seen in his willingness to forgive. From the very cross where he was slain came these words, “...Father forgive them...” (Luke 23:34). What love is seen in those words? At a time when he could have called for the death of those who crucified him, he showed the beauty of his nature. Forgiveness must be a part of the Christian’s life if this part of the Lord’s love is to be seen. Nowhere in the Bible does one see a spirit of hatefulness or revenge portrayed by Jesus.
The love of Jesus needs to be seen in the lives of all, follow his example, obey the Father (Acts 2:38), become a Christian and live a life of “the love of Christ” before all.

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