Love is action. No one showed the depths of true love more than our Lord Jesus Christ. He set the example for believers to show love to each other and to the world by what He did.
Have you ever spent time reflecting on the love of Christ? It’s fascinating to ponder how there is nothing in this world or not in this world that can ever separate us from His love.
Meditate on the 7 different ways Jesus showed love during His earthly ministry:
#1) Jesus Healed The Sick in Love
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14).
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, there were no hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices. The threat of incurable illnesses due to infections, fevers, or food poisoning plagued both rich and poor. Jesus, the Great Physician, felt amazing love for those who were rendered helpless by disease; whereas, many of the religious leaders of the day considered the physically disabled as cursed by God.
Jesus is still healing today except He isn’t limited by being in one place at one particular time. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Jesus shows His compassion to all those who are not only sick physically—but emotionally and spiritually as well.
#2) Jesus Raised The Dead in Love
“Jesus wept…once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance” (John 11:35, 38).
Thousands of people who were thought to be dead for a few short minutes have been resuscitated back to life through modern technology. In contrast, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after he was in the grave for 3 days! His love for Lazarus and his sisters was evident in His tears.
Jesus is still raising the dead—by giving new life to every person who puts their trust in Him. His love awakens our deadness, our futility, and our ignorance. We come alive immediately in awareness of His love for all eternity.
#3) Jesus Fed The Hungry in Love
“Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” (Matthew 15:32).
In one of the greatest miracles ever, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand people. These people weren’t mildly hungry—they’ve gone 3 days without food listening and taking in the precious words of Christ.
He still feeding the world in love—through the teachings of the Word of God. Many of us were emaciated spiritually and anemic in our thinking until the truth of the Bible penetrated our hearts to fill our souls.
#4) Jesus Preached The Kingdom in Love
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things” (Mark 6:34).
Although the disciples longed for Jesus to set up His kingdom to overcome the Romans—He had a much larger plan not just for the Jewish people, but for the world. Jesus’ love for the world compelled Him to preach the kingdom of God that was destined to grow in unimaginable numbers.
Through the church, Jesus is still preaching the kingdom. In spite of the attacks from Satan, the world, and our flesh—the kingdom of God continues to advance in breaking down the gates of hell.
#5) Jesus Cast Out Demons in Love
“When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick” (Matthew 8:16).
Demon-possessed people in Jesus’ day and in this present age are often isolated. Most people don’t want the drama of dealing with evil spirits. The love of Jesus welcomed those tortured souls and gave them renewed life as well as freedom from spiritual bondages.
As the body of Christ, believers are called to step up boldly in faith and declare liberty to the captives of Satan. Our love for the lost must overcome timidity because perfect love casts out all fear.
#6) Jesus Interceded For His Disciples And The Church in Love
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you” (John 17:20-21).
Jesus knew the sheep would be scattered after His death, but He prayed fervently in love that they would be protected, have joy, and love one another. Being in this sinful, fallen world and yet not being of this world makes believers vulnerable to being persecuted for their faith. Yet many choose poverty, suffering, and even physical death before they deny their Lord.
Jesus is still interceding in love for those who belong to Him. He’s presently at the right hand of God praying for the church to stand strong in the face of painful persecutions.
#7) Jesus Gave His Life For The World in Love
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Nothing that is worshipped today can stand up to what Jesus did—stepping down from the throne of heaven to live among sinful men. He gave His life so that not one person would have to spend eternity without God.
The love of God expands time and eternity because of the one sacrifice of Jesus. Who is man that He is mindful of him? We may never fully understand how much God loves us through Jesus Christ, but we can receive His love forever.
Love in action!
The love of Jesus is greater and deeper than man can fathom; yet we can understand our unworthiness and receive the grace that is given to those who believe. Jesus shows His love to you every day…do you see it?
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