As I Have Loved You
John 13:34 “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.”
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Jesus was very clear on how we were and are to love one another. He set the standard of love and even gave an example. As i have loved you, love one another. He didn’t just say love one another, no! He commands, not requests, that, as I (God) have loved you, that is exactly how you are to love one another. As I have loved you…
Jesus had to tell us how to love because there are many ways of loving as follows
(1) Storge love – loving somebody because you are family related
(2) Phileo love – loving somebody because they are friendly
(3) Eros love – loving somebody because of sexual attraction you have towards them
(4) Agape love – love that has no because. Loving as a principle, a choice and based on no reason. Love understood us unconditional love
The love that God loved us and He recommends us to use in all relationships is agape love. God has demonstrated His love towards us, He has shown it. Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” When we didn’t deserve love, God loved us and even died to restore our relationship with Him. God loved us while we were yet sinners. While we were actively opposing Him, at that very moment He expressed and demonstrated His love. He loved us without reason or condition. He just decided to love us. Now He commands us today, that, as I(God) have loved you, love one another.
As I have loved you when you didn’t deserve, love everyone and particularly those who don’t deserve. As I have loved you, as you sinned against me, love those who too are actively sinning against you. As I (Jesus) have loved you while you actively opposed me, love everyone, particularly those who are actively opposing you. As i have loved you without condition, love one another without condition. As I have loved you…
Matthew 5:44-47 “(44) But I say to you, Love your enemies … (45) so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven… (46) For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (47) And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” God’s recommended love is best tested with enemies. In this passage Jesus dismisses any other type of love. He says everybody does that. Loving those who love us is normal. Loving family members(storge love) is normal. Loving friendly persons (phileo love) is normal. Loving sexual attractive people (eros love) is so normal. Jesus says that even non-believers do that, its not unique nor is it my command. God’s standard is simple, as I have loved you, love one another.
As I God have loved you, love your nemesis. As I God have loved you, love your competitors. As I God have loved you, love those who seek to be better than you and replace you or be above you. As I God have loved you, love your hopelessly irredeemable spouse or even ex who played you big time. As I God have loved you, love your irritating neighbour. As I God have loved you, love one another.
May God enable us to love as He has loved us, that we may be children of God. As children of God, may we find peace, love and joy in our relationships and blessings in our daily activities. As He has loved us is our prayer and standard of love, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)