Words from the Heart for Saturday October 10th, 2020
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
John 14:21 (NIV)
The Mark of Loving Jesus
Back in the summer of 2019, CBC Calgary solved a mystery. A Calgary woman reluctantly admitted she was the mysterious sign-planter who has been putting up dozens of little red signs with inspirational sayings around the city. The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, had been putting up bright red signs with messages such as “Great Job,” ”You Matter,” and “Thanks For Being You” on city streets. She said she wanted to boost people’s spirits given the tough economic times.
God’s love is unconditional. We have a difficult time understanding that, since human love often has conditions, or strings attached. Our love is often based on what we receive in return for that love or how it benefits us. In the Greek, God’s love is agape, love that is defined as an unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It is best described in the words of John 3:16 – for God so loved that He gave. All this is true of God’s nature. So, what does Jesus mean when He says this in John 14:21: “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” We know that God loves the whole world. There is no one outside of H is love. But coming into relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ makes us a member of His forever family. This deepens our knowledge of God, and our love for Him. We experience His love as well, and walk daily in the assurance of that love.
These have been words from the heart.