July 4, 2016

That "greater" love

Jesus said if you want to express the greatest love possible for someone, then keep a clean house.

Right?

Or was it to be really smart, and hope that everyone notices?

Or somehow earn lots of money?

Or be physically fit?

What is it about a life that makes it worth living according to the Lord?

It is in the laying down of your life that you make life worth living for others, and in bearing burdens you fulfill the law.

We are born law-breakers.

Sinful.

That's what we are until, in following Jesus, we repent, meet God, and know love.

Then the redeemed live lives of giving up their own desires for another.

And it is done in the strength of the One who now lives in them to do it.

The "greater" love is accomplished only in knowing God, after repentance.

You cannot be walking the wide road, and then try to be good, and then love the world, and in any of that be exhibiting a "greater" love that is required by Jesus.

In following him, and in believing in him it is a given that one would do as he did.

Crucify the flesh.

No longer belonging to herself, the redeemed woman lives for others, loving the stranger.

She loves those she knows, of course, but even the ones she does not know, she loves.

For nothing that anyone can say or do to her changes that.

Did it change anything for Jesus?

She follows him.

Do you?

Do you have that "greater" love?

That is the type that those who have been made new display.

And to those, who are touched by her good deeds, they glorify God.

"Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good deeds, and glorify your Father who is in heaven," (Matthew 5:16).

Does your light shine?

You do not have the power to shut the light of the Lord out once it begins its shining.

God does a work in you, upon repentance, that is not reversible.

The "work" he does is a washing in grace, and then a filling of love.

Filling means full.

The "greater" love is in the redeemed, and it is not an option.

The redeemed cannot but lay down their lives for all.

Do you?

For whom do you lay down your life, and love unconditionally?

The pretty?

The nice?

The ones who smile at you, and keep a clean house, and a clean body, and .... what restrictions do you put on your love, and is it love if there are rules one must keep to be loved by you?

Where do you display greater love, and to whom do you show it?

Only to those "just like you" and what does that look like?

Examine your heart.

Eternity waits, and Jesus holds the key to heaven when you stand before him.

Do not be deceived, for you will make no demands to him.

He will look for that greater love in your heart.

Do you have it?

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 
Greater love has no one than this, 
that someone lay down his life for his friends. 
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
(John 15:12-14 ESV)

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