How To Catch a Glimpse of God’s Love for us In Christ

1 Jul

First off, this title was more an attempt to capture attention, because I don’t want to, in any way, reduce the love of Christ to a mere pragmatic “how-to”.

However, with that said, I do believe that it’s possible – and to a certain degree, even necessary – to catch a small glimpse of how great the Father’s love for us in Christ actually is. And here it is: love your enemies.

In Matthew 5:43-45, Jesus Christ says:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighborand hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

Now, we might not have the same kind of enemies that the early disciples faced, however, is there anybody in our lives whom it is difficult to love? Family member? Friend? Co-worker? Boss? Church member?

Can we love them as Christ commands us? Considering them more significant than ourselves? (Phil. 2:3); biting our tongue when they verbally attack us (John 13:34; Rom. 15:1)? If you’re anything like me, then this is exceedingly difficult – if not seemingly impossible.

But this post, more than an encouragement to obey Christ’s command to love our enemies, though it is not less than that, is much, much more. Hopefully, it can be a reminder that in those moments that we feel it so difficult to love those who are unlovable, that that is precisely how God loved us in Christ.

The only difference is that, while we were (and still oftentimes are) unable to love those who are unlovable, God in Christ did: “6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

May that motivate us every time to love those who are unlovable in our lives.

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