Striving To Love Like Jesus: The Most Perfect Model Of Love

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I was on a walk earlier today and listening to my music when the song, “What Wondrous Love Is This?” came on, and the version of the song was beautiful, but what really stuck out was the words of the song. I want to share the video with you.

In hearing the words of this song I was reminded of how deep the love of our heavenly Father is that He would have His son trade in His crown of gold (not sure what material His crown is made of but just guessing here) for one of thorns. “When I was sinking down
Beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul for my soul, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul”. 
I think it is safe to assume that when anyone thinks about what the ultimate display of love looks like, it is laying down your life for another. Not only does Jesus lay down His life for us, but before that He gave up His place in heaven and humbly came to live out a life free of sin for us. He came to show us, to model for us what a life free of sin and full of true, unconditional love looks like. All for the glory and honor of His father, but I also believe it was so that we could have a standard to strive for, an example to look to in life. There are so many verses in the Bible that reference God and His love for us, and His unconditional love. Here are just a few:

Romans 5:8

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

John 3:16-17

“‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 13:34-35

 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

I could go on and on, but I won’t! The overwhelming theme in the Bible is one of unconditional love and has the power to be such an encouragement to all who read it, if they come with open hearts to receive the Gospel of Good News. In knowing this love, so beautiful and unconditional, that the Lord of the Universe has for me, a poor and wretched sinner, how can I not go and strive to love others in the same manner? He loves us unconditionally, which means it does not change like the weather, but is constant. I don’t want to look to anyone but  Christ, and to the cross when I think of the way that I should love others. For He is the ultimate example, and He is the one I desire and strive to be like the most. When people look at me I don’t want them to be seeing me, but rather the love of Jesus. Christ is the only one who has walked this earth free of sin, but I want to try my hardest to walk in His way and in His foot steps. I know I will never fill his shoes, but I want to live out the rest of my life trying. So, I want to go back to the Word of the Lord and what it says about striving to live a life that is pleasing to Him.

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

2 Peter 1:5-8

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Philippians 3:12-21

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.  Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.  For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

In reading these verses I know I am called to greater, I am called to action, I am called to LOVE! I want to tear away from my flesh and put on the Love and righteousness of Christ. I want nothing to do with the selfishness in me and everything to do with the Cross and with Jesus. I want to be His hands and His feet and to  model before all the love of God. I can’t do it on my own, and I can “try” as hard as I want but apart from HIM I will get no where.

Join me in this prayer?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your love for me. FOR ME! Lord I do not think I will ever comprehend how you could love me enough to send your one and only son down from Heaven to come and live a perfect life and then die so Your wrath could be satisfied. Lord that you would allow all of your wrath to be poured onto your own son so that you could redeem us, redeem me. Thank you for showing me what true, unconditional love looks like and what I should strive to show others. Lord, I can not do anything on my own so I come to you asking you to give me the patience I need to love others and to love them unconditionally like you have loved me. Lord, I know that I will fail time and time again but might you give me grace upon grace and give others the grace needed to forgive me time and time again when I am weak and give into my flesh. Lord, make me less like me and more like you. Thank you for being my Savior, my Redeemer, my friend and above all my Heavenly Father!

Without you I am nothing, but with you I can do all things. All for Your honor and glory.

Amen

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