Manifesting The Love Of God
"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him."
- Psalm 103:11
We were commanded by Jesus to love one another (John 15:17). This commandment at first seems like a simple task but it also can be unproductive if not done right. In the twelfth verse Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” If we were to examine this quote we’d see that it goes into depth about how we must love one another. We can love one another just as we see fit to love; in other words, we will love based on our own personal interpretation of love. We all know that our love depends on how we feel at the time or at that given moment. We even set limits on how much love to give based on how much love we receive, but the love of Christ is not so. The weight of this commandment lies in the last five words, “…, as I have loved you.” It causes us to reflect on the love that Jesus has shared with us. We all can agree on the great love that He showed us when He gave His life for our sins, this same love which is a reflection of His Father’s love (John 3:16). So each time we are given an opportunity to love our brothers or sisters we must remember Jesus’ love towards us and imitate it.
It is not an easy task when we are always so accustomed to our own ways of doing things but when we reflect on the way the Lord has treated us in certain areas of our lives it makes us humble. In Psalm 103 it says, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” If not for the Lord’s grace and patience we would not be here today. Giving someone a second or third chance is not possible with us but our Lord has proven how merciful He is to us. “He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” We know our sins are plenty yet our Lord always shows us favor. “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” These are the qualities of love that the Lord has exhibited towards us that we can look upon and then practice. Great is His mercy, grace, patience and forgiveness towards us that we should never forget it! In the Lord’s great wisdom He has made it essential for us to always remember His love for us if we are to keep His commandment. He also has made it known that if we do not love as He loves He too will show us how it will feel to lose such a love (Matthew 6:15; 18:23-35). “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (1 John 4:11).
Manifesting the love of God is key to our perfection. We must love our brothers and sisters even when it appears to not be in our favor (Matthew 5:39-48). We will become children of the Lord when we practice the love that the Lord has shown unto us (verse 45) and the children of this world will know from our actions that we are His as well. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35). So next time you have something against your brother or sister reflect on how the Lord has dealt with your trespasses and transgressions before you react. The benefit of handling the situation God’s way far outweighs any other options.