Evaluate How You Love

One of the most important qualities of Christianity is loving God and loving others. This is how we are supposed to be known by people. Sometimes I feel like the word love is not used in its proper capacity when we are talking about our love for God and others. We justify our actions but thinking things like “I tolerate this person better than so and so” but that still is not love. Tolerating someone is not loving someone even people who are not Christians can do that. We are supposed to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43–48) and our neighbors. We should not compare how we love to the world’s view of love. We need to compare our love to God’s.

“36 ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’

37 Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”-Matthew 22:36–40

“25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” -Luke 10:25–27

I want to address a few things about this verse:

  1. Who is my neighbor? Your neighbor is anyone in your life that you come in contact with. In Luke chapter 10:25–37 an expert in law asked Jesus who their neighbor was and he told them the parable of the good Samaritan. At the end of the parable Jesus asked who the neighbor was and of course it was the man that helped the man who was attacked. We are supposed to show our love by taking action and helping others as well.
  2. If you are truly in love with God and understand his grace and you will more freely give grace because of the grace he has given you. It is easier to love someone when you remember that love that God has for you is the same love he has for your neighbor. You must remember that Jesus died on the cross for everyone. It is easier to love someone that you know is made in the same loving image as God. It is easier to love someone when you know they are your brother/sister in Christ and are considered precious in his eyes.
  3. If you are truly in love with someone you are going to want to spend a lot of time with them. You are not going to be ashamed of talking about them and taking them with you wherever you go. If you are truly in love with someone you want everyone to know about the love you share. I think too many people are not as in love with Jesus as they need to be. If the greatest commandment is to love God then I hope you realize how important it is to really love God.
  4. If you really want to know what love looks like then read 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 “ 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” If you want to know if you are portraying real Christian love (whether that be for God or others) then read this passage again and replace love with your name and see if it is true about you. If it is not true then you should pray that God will help you in those areas.

I pray that each of you will fall into deeper love with God and that you will love each other deeper as well. I pray that you use this time to evaluate the way you love God and others. You may not have perfect love but I pray that you continually strive to have greater love.

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14