Jesus our Example of Love

Jesus our Example of Love

One day as the great Napoleon the conqueror came toward the end of his career, he looked back across the years – the great Napoleon at a very early age had all but conquered the world. He was not stopped until he moved out to the battle of Leipzig and then to Waterloo. But that same Napoleon one day stood back and looked across the years, and said: “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have built great empires. But upon what did they depend? They depended upon force. But long ago Jesus started an empire that depended on love, and even to this day millions will die for him. — -Martin Luther King Jr., “Loving Your Enemies,” Sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, November 17, 1957.

Jesus’ life is our ultimate example of love. His life, not just his death, is the pattern to be followed. His interactions with people give us glimpses into the greatness of his love, it’s beauty and it’s harsh demands.

• God’s love let’s people walk away. (Luke 18:18-25)
• God’s love accepts people, & then begins to change them, not the other way around.(John 8;Luke 19)
• God’s love is sacrificial. Matthew 10:37-39

The Jewish laws given to Moses numbered 613. The Pharisees of Jesus’ day had the responsibility of interpreting these laws that the Hebrew people were to live by. One time, as Jesus was traveling on his way to Jerusalem one expert of the law which of these 613 laws was the most important asked him.

Jesus replied, “‘you are to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. This is the greatest and most important way of living. And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself’”. (Matthew 22:33-39)

According to Jesus, the best way to live is by loving God and loving others.

Thank God for the ways He has shown His loving kindness to you.
Pray for God to help you see ways you can love others.
Ask Him to show you how to pass that love to others.

Take some time to read through these passages and let your life be know by love.

John 13:34 -35
Romans 13:8 -10
1 Peter 1:22
1 John 4:7-12
John 13:34-35

For further reflection on Love:

Read Brennan Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel
Watch the movie or read the book Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

about Gary

Gary Morgan lives in east Nashville where he does life with his wife Johni and his two daughters McKenna (12) and Story (8). Gary has engaged in ministry in a wide variety of settings include a student ministry coordinator with Centrifuge, a youth pastor with Churches in Franklin, Tn, Morristown, Tn. Baton Rouge, La, Windermere Fla. and is currently the Lead Pastor of Mosaic

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