Love is the Gospel!
From Amazing Grace – The ROHO Devotional Series
Read: 1 Peter 3:8-9: Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
Let’s talk about love.
Love is the feeling you get for someone when you grow intimate with them; when you learn who they are, flaws and all. There is no bad in love, for in love, one can be healed. The love I am talking about is the love of Christ, that we as Christians has been called to share with our brothers and sisters in Christ and the world. The same love that was shared with us when Christ died for us to redeemed back into full communion with God is the same love we should show to others. This love is selfless, vulnerable, and righteous. This love will cause one to lay down their life. As Christians, we know first-hand the power of this love to change and transform. As benefactors of Christ’s benevolent love, we have a duty to witness to others through our actions this redeeming and transformative love.
Often, we hear about love as a feeling. However, love in its greatest form leads to action. Love is a verb. When you have love for your fellow human, you will give them drink when they are thirsty, food when they are hungry and clothes when they are naked. The love of Christ that we share as a part of the body of Christ does not see a person based on their particular status or station in life, nor does it see them based on what they have done. It sees them, just as Christ saw us, as a sister or brother, a fellow seeker of truth, and a sinner saved by eternal grace. When we choose to love as this, we liberate ourselves to the transformative power of Jesus Christ. Love is the gospel. Without love, we are lost.
As 1 Peter 3 says, let go of all things that seek to separate us from one another: jealousy, malice, envy and hate for they eat at the center of our being. To love, we must consciously and intentionally work at it. Love is a process, based in a continuous pattern of vulnerability. Love is our duty as Christians and as those who have been bought with a price by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are members of the same family, connected by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, sanctified and made holy before God. Therefore, be the gospel and love thy neighbor.
Pray: Beloved God who loves us, thank you for your love. Teach me to love as you have love me: To be a light in the midst of darkness and hope in the midst of despair. In the name of your son, Jesus, Amen.