How to unselfishly love like Jesus on every occasion
Updated: Aug 4, 2021
When you think about how deep God's love runs, you might start to feel overwhelmed and with reason. God is love (1 John 4:8) and His character is so magnificent that just getting to know Him is a beautiful and never-ending thing.
So, it is pretty usual for people to think that loving like Him is out of their reach but, it is not because when we abide in Him, let His power and character guide us in life, the impossible soon begins to be reachable.
Loving others profoundly and unselfishly becomes a reality.
If you ask the Lord and abide by Him, you too will be able to love like Jesus and these are some of the ways I see how we can do that:
Forgive your offenders
“Father forgive them for they do not know what they do”
- Luke 23:34.
Jesus so loved people that when He was being crucified He asked God to forgive those who were doing Him wrong.
Even in pain and exhaustion, He still asked God to forgive us and God forgave us.
Those people who crucified Jesus did not ask for forgiveness then, but God forgave them just as he did with us, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As the image-bearers of God (Genesis 1:27), we ought to forgive those who have done us wrong, just as God has been forgiving us.
God showed us there that He loves us so much that He is willing to forgive us for our wrong beings and offences against Him, and He still loves us even as we sin every day.
So, just like Him, we can forgive those who have done us wrong and still love them every day.
Get rid of your self-centred side
Let’s face it, we can be self-centred beings, putting ourselves on a pedestal and looking down on those who don’t seem to add up to us.
I won’t lie to you, sometimes I catch myself raising my nose in the air and trying to walk as if I was made of money amongst those who seem to be lower than myself in the social hierarchy.
It’s a nasty thing that I am slowly but surely killing that part of me by remembering that we are all one in Christ (Romans 12:5) and that we are no better than those who are less or more fortunate than us.
None of us is greater or lesser than any of us, and the One who is greater by a long shot did not act as so. No, Jesus came here for us and He lived as men did, faced the same as men faces and dealt with things that had and are still presented to men those and these days and you know what?
He never looked down on us no matter how rotten we were, and still are.
Since we are one with Him who treated all as equals, let us treat others with love and selflessness, never looking down on anyone but also caring for them.
Love everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status, religion, race or whatever other reason the enemy might try to use it to tell you why not to love someone.
And also remember this:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambitions or conceit but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves”
— Philippians 2:3
Be bold in your love
“God gave us the spirit of love and self-control, not of fear”
- 1 Timothy 1:7.
It can be scary to love others openly and vulnerably for we probably know the pain of being betrayed by those who we love the most or not have the same love reciprocated.
However, we must remember that God has given us many amazing gifts of the spirit and fear was definitely not one of them.
Fear is not of God; it’s of the enemy and he is using fear to strip you away from what God has in store for you and all the rewards you can get for just trusting God to handle everything.
I believe that we fear things we are worried about them, sometimes.
We fear/worry about not being loved back.
We fear/worry about being hurt by those we love and forget that it is written to not worry about anything but to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6).
Love freely with no worries, let God craft your path as you take the steps to fulfil His will and He wants us to love each other
Jesus Christ loves purely and openly and He was not afraid to do so for He knew that His love was the answer that many people were asking for and that His love saved this world.
Our Lord and Saviour loved boldly for He feared nothing for He trusted the power and protection of God more than the power of whichever challenge was placed before Him.
We also have that, the power of God dwelling in us as the Holy Spirit and we Have the whole Trinity to trust when we face challenges, even ones that were crafted by the enemy to bring fear into our lives.
Remember this, no matter what you face in life, God will always be there for you and He will fight for us (Exodus 14:14). Our great Lord will also help us fight our fears if we allow Him to by giving them to Him and staying calm in His embrace.
So I tell you, dear wonderful brother and sister, to love boldly and to remember this:
“There’s no fear in love”
— 1 John 4:18