Have you ever had someone tell you “I love you with the love of the Lord”! Ever walked away wondering what that really meant? Christian love is a very powerful yet misunderstood principal. Oftentimes people equate Christian love with having pleasant feelings towards another. But love is not just a set of feelings you have for someone, love is an action you DO towards others. When you place the word Christian in front of it; it literally means to act in a manner towards another the way Christ would.
Scripture is littered with various acts of kindness, healing, and caring Christ exemplified to those who came in contact with him. When people met Christ they left in a better condition than they arrived, likewise when people leave our presence they should leave in a better state. This means one must constantly observe the needs of others with godly intent; and when God gives opportunity meet those needs.
Christian love isn’t only acting good to those who are good to you. Christ said in Matthew 22:39,“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (NKJV) When we think of the definition of “neighbor” we limit it to one who lives in close proximity, however another definition for neighbor is a fellow human. Is it possible that Christ commanded us to love ALL of those in whom His Father created? Absolutely! He even covers those who don’t act in a lovely manner to us. In Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (NKJV)
Christ doesn’t exclude your accountability to love those who hurt you, nor does he say to just think good thoughts toward them, He states we should do good to them as well. Is this easy, No; however you can STILL exemplify Christian Love to all, no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Yes, it will be difficult; you will fight against your natural thoughts and feelings, you will have to come out of your “comfort zone”. But rest knowing the power of God’s indwelling Holy Spirit can accomplish and manifest anything in and through you, when you completely avail yourself to HIM
Min. Jones is a licensed minister, psalmist and author who loves serving God and His people .