August 23rd 2010

Living In Love

“He felt great pity for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help.  They were like sheep without a shepherd.”
Matthew 9:36 (NLT)

What does it mean to live in love? The perfect example of someone who walked in love was Jesus Christ. Everything that He did was motivated out of love and compassion. He embraced, corrected, healed, spoke, and rebuked . . . all in the Spirit of love.

When you have the Spirit of God living on the inside of you, you can’t help but love people. When God is on the inside of you and has penetrated every fibre of your being, you can’t walk through the shopping centre and look at people the same way that you have your whole life. When you look into the eyes of those that don’t know the Lord, something in you cries out, “They need Him!” When you have love on the inside of you, the hurt and pain you see in people around you bothers you. You know that they can be healed and you know that you have that very thing that can help them.

If we are going to be people who walk with God we need to learn to walk in love.  What does walking in love look like? Let’s look at a couple of Jesus’ characteristics.

He was a man of no reputation. He couldn’t care less about what the people thought of Him, He cared only what His Father thought of Him. He cared more about advancing the Kingdom of God, than advancing His name. He even told people to be quiet about the miracles that He performed. He performed for an audience of one -God His Father.

He loved the unlovable.  We read in Mark 10:46-52, “And so they reached Jericho.  Later, as Jesus and his disciples left town, a great crowd was following.  A blind beggar names Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road as Jesus was going by.  When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus from Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ ‘Be quiet!’ some of the people yelled at him.  But he only shouted louder, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’  When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, ‘Tell him to come here.’  So they called the blind man.  ‘Cheer up,’ they said.  ‘Come on, he’s calling you!’  Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.  ‘What do you want me to do for you?’  Jesus asked.  ‘Teacher,’ the blind man said, ‘I want to see!’  And Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way.  Your faith has healed you.’  And instantly the blind man could see!  Then he followed Jesus down the road.”   Isn’t that incredible? When everyone around was yelling at Bartimaeus to be quiet, Jesus looked on him with compassion. He saw past the tattered clothes and saw a man. He saw a soul that needed healing more than anything else.

We need to move in that kind of love and compassion. We need to see others like Jesus does.

Jesus, please help me to be spiritually sensitive to the needs of others around me. Show me who I can help today, and give me the compassion to act on your behalf.

Study by Fraser Murdoch

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