8 Teachings of Jesus About Love for Others

 

8 Teachings of Jesus About Love for Others
Gtpministries.org – Jesus places us in the middle of world problems, the refugee explosion phenomenon occurs and God gives us the choice to take action; ignore or care. Jesus asked everyone who followed Him to be people who had lived these 8 teachings of love.

1. Love God first so you can love the things God loves.

Matthew 22: 17-18  says,  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. That law is the first and greatest”.  Yes, loving God means loving the things he loves.  Deuteronomy 10:18  tells us that God ‘gives justice to the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing’.

Jesus invites us to love strangers, and this is what we should do to those who are different from us.

2. Love your neighbor as you love yourself

This advice was given by Jesus by telling about the kindness of a Samaritan when he helped a man who was helpless in the middle of the road ( Luke 10: 30-36 ). Jesus taught us that the people around us are our neighbors, not our enemies. So, do good to anyone who needs help.

3. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Matthew 7: 12  says that whatever we want others to do to us, do also to them. Jesus did not say that we should deliberately do certain things for others in order to get the same treatment. But Jesus emphasized more that we do what we deserve to do to others.

4. Don’t expect more comfort than the Lord

Jesus teaching his followers about the position of a servant. In  Matthew 20: 24-25  it is written, “A disciple is not above his teacher, or a servant above his master. It is enough for a student if he becomes the same as his teacher and for a servant if he becomes the same as his master. If the master of the house is called Beelzebul, let alone his household”. That is what Jesus expects us to do at this time.

5. Not afraid

After Jesus said that we should not expect more treatment from Him, we are reminded not to be afraid of people who can only kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Because the fear of God will save body and soul from hell ( Matthew 10: 26-28 ).

6. Willing to deny yourself and take up your cross.

Jesus gave conditions to his followers to be willing to deny themselves and take up his cross. For whoever saves his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Jesus will find it ( Matthew 11: 24-26 ).

Jesus calls us to die every day for the sake of others. There is no guarantee of having a safe country if we lose our lives for loving ourselves.

7. Love your enemies.

This is important to protect us from enemies. We are not asked to view those of different nationalities, such as Syrian refugees living in European countries, as people who seek to kill and destroy. Because this action was only carried out by ISIS. Even though the whole world currently hates the existence of ISIS, Jesus reminds us to respond wisely.

In  Matthew 5: 43-48  it is explained about how we should love our enemies and prefer to pray for their salvation. We only do things in vain if we only repay kindness with kindness. Therefore, we must imitate Jesus who has shown His love for us sinners. Christ died for us to be reconciled to God.
8. Walk in God’s path.

Stay away from selfish attitudes and focus on caring for others. Just like Jesus who left His royal throne to become like humans ( Philippians 2: 4-8 ). Humility is needed by Jesus’ followers to be able to do Jesus’ work in the world, namely being servants to serve others.

If you claim to be a true follower of Jesus, adopt the 8 teachings of love above as the identity and lifestyle of God’s people. So that you become an example for people who don’t know Jesus.

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