Building a Christ-Like Church

Living Christ's Love: A Guiding Light

DAILY DEVOTIONS

10/7/2023

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Living Christ's Love: A Guiding Light

By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another." - John 13:34–35

In this verse, Jesus shares a deep truth: what truly shows we are His followers is how we love each other. It's not just saying we believe or doing religious things that make us real followers of Christ. It's the real, selfless love we have for one another. This love is not just about feelings; it's about caring and helping others like Christ did, and it can change people's lives.

Let’s see some questions and find answers from the Bible;

What was the purpose of discipleship? When Jesus chose His disciples, He had a purpose for them that extended far beyond their individual salvation. They were not merely recipients of His teachings and grace; they were called to be messengers of His love and the message of salvation to all corners of the earth. This purpose is explicitly stated in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8. Jesus entrusted them with the mission of spreading His love, grace, and truth to a world in need.

What is role of love? The Bible provides clear guidance on the role of love in the life of a believer. It goes beyond mere affection or sentimentality. Scripture instructs us to actively engage in the lives of others. We are called to bear one another's burdens, meaning that we should support and help each other in times of need (Galatians 6:2). We are also encouraged to share in each other's joys and sorrows, fostering deep and empathetic connections (Romans 12:10). Furthermore, we are commanded to love genuinely, with a selfless and sacrificial love (1 John 4:7). This kind of love reflects the love of Christ Himself.

What is selflessness vs. selfishness? The Bible draws a clear contrast between selflessness and selfishness. It warns against selfish ambition, which is driven by personal gain and advancement, and instead encourages humility. Philippians 2:3-4 specifically urges us to consider the interests of others above our own, demonstrating a Christ-like attitude of selflessness. James 3:16 reinforces this message by highlighting the destructive nature of selfishness within Christian community.

Now, let's look at a strong story from the Bible. It's called the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37. This story shows love in action. In it, there's a man who's hurt and can't help himself by the side of the road. Surprisingly, a Samaritan, who was looked down upon in society, helps him. The Samaritan's actions show the kind of love Jesus wants us to copy – a love that doesn't care about social rules, a love that helps and cares for those who need it, no matter who they are.

We, as followers of Jesus, are like shining lights and special seasonings in the world. Our most important job is to display Jesus' love, just as He did on the cross. This means we should love one another in a way that's not about us but about taking care of others, just like Jesus taught us. It doesn't matter who they are; our love should resemble Christ's.

Why did Paul, Peter, James, and John emphasize Christian community and loving one another so much in their letters? It's because Jesus gave a crucial command: "Love one another as I have loved you. By this, everyone will know you are My followers" (John 13:34–35). Jesus brings us together and heals our brokenness, turning pain into love. In a world filled with brokenness, hostility, manipulation, and selfishness, local churches show a different way of life. They take Jesus' love into the world, and as they do, people see something extraordinary. This love advances His mission.

We need to think about our role in the church and how committed we are to loving others like Jesus did. Our mission is to share the good news and bring people closer to God. We should also think about what we're teaching our children and our fellow church members, emphasizing the importance of loving one another. The "one-another" commands in the Bible show how vital community and loving relationships are in our faith.

In conclusion we see, discipleship means spreading Christ's love and salvation. Love is at the heart of this mission, involving helping each other, sharing in joys and sorrows, and showing genuine love. The Bible encourages us to be selfless rather than selfish. The story of the Good Samaritan teaches us about selfless love in action. These principles remind us of our duty as Christians to be instruments of Christ's love in a world that truly needs it.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we come before you with grateful hearts, acknowledging the immense love you have shown us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us, Lord, to love one another as He loved us. May our lives be a living testimony to the world of your transformative love. Guide us in fulfilling our mission to spread the good news and draw others close to you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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