A Life Based on the Love of Christ

A Life Based on the Love of Christ

Gtpministries.org – Since the beginning of life in the Church, the demands and conditions for becoming a disciple of Christ have seemed easy and simple. Namely, a person must express his faith in God through Jesus Christ. After that, the person is baptized with water and the Holy Spirit.

This simple condition does not mean that it is enough to be a Catholic just by saying the confession of faith or the creed of faith. Being a Catholic is of course bound by the obligation to live and practice one’s faith correctly and well, in accordance with God’s own command. And this obligation is not to bind a person to a law that does not make him free, but so that God’s love becomes more alive and fruitful and gives full joy to everyone who is able to carry it out. The law that is lived and carried out with love sends every believer to the experience of God’s love.

Each of us certainly wants to experience what is called ‘full joy’ so how do we fight for it or obtain it? Jesus clearly gave the answer: “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” Perfect joy only comes from acts of love according to Jesus’ commands.

On this Sunday, the Lord Jesus continued this important message and called it a new commandment for us to love one another. The basis of love is the Father who loves Jesus as His Son and Jesus who loves us as His friends. So we are encouraged to remain always in His love. The Lord Jesus actually showed a new locus for feeling love and loving. The new locus is Himself as the center of love.

For Jesus, love for God becomes perfect when we have an inner attitude to obey all His commandments. Jesus has obeyed the command of the Father in heaven to give himself as the redeemer of the world. For us, the most important commandment according to Jesus’ teachings is to love God and neighbor to the end.

God gave a new commandment to love one another because He has first loved us. God not only gave the command to love one another, but He already loved us very much by giving His own life on the cross. He himself has set an example and role model.

This true love directs us to inner repentance and invites us to imitate Him when we carry out His commands by carrying out our duties and works of service every day. Serving God is realized in working to fulfill His will. That is the content of His command. And we do the work we do in serving God with a heart full of gratitude and joy. Why? Because the Father’s love for His Son has been the basis for the exercise of our love for others and is also a concrete statement of the sign of Jesus’ friendship with us.

The service in love that we live and carry out through obedience to carry out His commands is supported by the help of God Himself through the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit of God accompanied the work of Peter (reading I), to serve and enthrone Cornelius. The love that we manifest in service should take the form of a praxis of love that is full of sacrifice and inclusive love, applicable and aimed at everyone whom God pleases regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, and should even apply to our enemies.

Let us live in love and live our lives with love and bear fruit in love because God is Love (reading II), and only to God, our life achieves its purpose and obtains its fullness. The most important form of life as a follower of Christ is obeying God’s commands, living in the spirit of love and wanting to practice that love for one another, especially for anyone who is burdened by the covid-19 pandemic.

Jesus Himself has shown the essence of His coming to this world by giving up his life for the salvation of humans and teaching all of us, His followers, to want to do the same: “This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved You.”

God always accompanies us with His Holy Spirit when we live and practice that love in our real actions and work in our daily lives. Amen.

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