“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” Ephesians 4:2
Taking love to next level in all we do should be our aim for this New Year and coming into Valentine’s Day as we focus in on others. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” Mark 12:31 explains it that this is the second and no commandment greater. What does this mean and look like?
Looking at Luke 6: 32-34. It talks about if you love those who love you or do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? There is no benefit because even sinners that don’t know Jesus do the same thing. But love your enemies is different and takes it to the next level. Luke 6: 35-36 says, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” If we can truly love those that are unlovable in our own minds or we love the people that have something against us and those people that have hurt you, then God tells us that loving those people with all our hearts means our reward will be great! This kind of love is called “crazy love” to me. This “crazy” love takes it to the next level and Christ showed us that once and for all when He died on the cross for each one of us. We don’t deserve the kind of love Christ showed us but He loves us even if we mess up and refuse to acknowledge Him. Now that is “crazy” love He has for us! I want to experience that same love where it doesn’t seem to make sense to love someone who has hurt you or been so mean to you or backstabbed you!
God is in the business of demonstrating love to everyone even when we don’t deserve it. We are His vessels of love towards others and we need to use the love He has shown us and take it to the next level in our own life. Show kindness to others when we don’t’ feel like it or to the people that have turned their back on you! Care for those that are not like you or are lonely and need a hand. In these situations you humble yourself to serve one another out of love. Now that is “crazy love”, are you ready to take love to the next level? It is worth a shot because our reward will be great with our Heavenly Father!