If you’ve read most of what I’ve written, you’d remember that I’ve mentioned that God takes love very seriously. And why not right? Jesus told us in John 3:16 that God loved us so much that He was sent to die for us to have eternal life. Bear in mind that Jesus was the begotten of God at that point. “Begotten” actually means ‘Only Born.’ He was the only son at that point; it was a big deal, a huge sacrifice for people that didn’t even care about Him. I keep saying “At that point” because now, Jesus is the first-born of a lot of sons.
Now, back to the topic. God made a big sacrifice to show us His unfailing love, even when we were undeserving of it; even when we had a nature that was contrary to His; even when He was the last person we could ever think of loving.
“But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” Romans 5:8 [MSG].
I like how The Message bible puts that verse of scripture. We were of no use whatever to God, but He still offered His only son as a payment for our sins. This is what love really is: unconditionally laying down your life for people, without thinking of whether they would appreciate or not. So, this is the point I’ve been trying to get to: Why is it that in the Body of Christ, we find it hard to love each other how God loves us? Did I hear you say, “But He’s GOD! How can I love like Him?” Hold on let me show you something.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Are you born-again? Have you received the life of Christ? Then you have God’s righteous nature and are just like Him; if He can love unconditionally, so can you. We hurt each other so badly and treat ourselves based on mistakes we’ve made in the past. We forget that Paul said “Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look…” (See 2 Corinthians 5:16 [MSG]). We aren’t to regard anyone after the flesh, we should love like God loves.
That’s what God wants from us; He wants us to forgive like He forgives; He wants us to sacrifice like He sacrifices; He wants us to see the Eternal life in each other like He sees it in us. Is it possible? Of course yes. Paul said “…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” so we can totally do it. We can be genuinely happy for each others’ successes and treat each other much better. Understand that the fact we call ourselves brothers and sisters makes us siblings and emphasizes a deep family relationship. Let’s never forget that.