Followers of Jesus should live like Jesus, and be known by Christ-like actions.
I want to go in public and be different from the ranting woman in the grocery store or the cursing man in Starbucks. I want to stand out because my attitude and character defy human nature. I want to reflect the heart of Jesus.
So what does His heart look like?
Pretty broad question, but here are three characteristics that really stick out to me (and I’ll be discussing in the next couple posts)…
Number 1) His heart is loving.
His brutal crucifixion shouts that limitless love.
John tells us we are to mirror that love. That sacrificial, humble, compassionate love. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19, ESV).
Jesus loves. His actions are rooted in love. His life shouts love. He is love.
When driving with my dad the other day, a yelling woman on the sidewalk caught my attention. She smacked the face of a little girl beside her, spitting out curse words.
The six-ish old child stood silent while the woman screamed in her face.
My heart shatter into tiny pieces at the sight. How could anyone be so hateful? So brutal to such a precious life?
A world without Jesus Christ is a one unable to grasp the meaning of love. Gentle, merciful, unconditional love.
That’s why we must demonstrate it.
As Christians, we have an amazing opportunity to explain the love everyone longs for.
But, how can we accomplish this?
The possibilities are endless but here are a few ideas (feel free to jot down some of your own ideas as well!):
1) Encourage those who are down (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
2) Forgive when it’s hardest (Matthew 5:39) (Colossians 3:13)
3) Give readily
4) Share the message of Jesus’ love (Matthew 25:35-40)
5) Speak up for the voiceless (Proverbs 31:8,9)
6) Comfort the lonely
7) Be a servant to the least of these
Loving people the way Jesus does isn’t easy. His love is impeccable because He is God and His heart is perfect. We, however, gotta work at it.
But we have His power to help us accomplish it. “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV).
Do the people around you notice you by your love?