Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Amazing Love of Jesus

            You can learn a lot about people by simply noticing how they impact the lives of those around them! Jesus was the most amazing person who has ever lived and you do not have to look far to find his impact in the lives of people. Love was what people noticed about Jesus! Listen for the echo of Jesus’ love in the words of these friends…

Peter, apostle of Jesus Christ - Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22)

John, apostle of Jesus Christ - This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16)

Jude, brother of Jesus - But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21)

James, brother of Jesus - If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. (James 2:8)

Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ - Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

            Love deeply. Love sacrificially. Love with God’s love. Love others like you love yourself. Love never fails. All these things were taught and lived by Jesus! And the world is just as desperate for love right now as it was at the time Jesus showed love to all the above writers. Jesus still loves the world and he wants to show his love through your life!

            Receive the love of Jesus, trust the love of Jesus, share the love of Jesus.

                                                                                                                        - Kenny Payne




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