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As I Have Loved You

Updated on January 6, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

Love is a powerful word

It is a positive 4 letter term that sparks immediate emotional reaction when used in the right way. When it is used, people also almost immediately associate their own definition to the term.

Not every definition of the word is exactly the same as people are different and have their own experiences to draw upon when they look for love. Everyone wants to be loved and those that want to follow alternative personal preferences are not any different than those who don’t.

They want to know what love is

This is a slightly different wording than the popular song “Ï want to know what love is”, and that song expresses the desires o f many when they fail to find that special someone who will love them as they define the term.

Many people do point to John 13:34 when they do not find the acceptance , support and emotional embrace they feel they need to continue in their lives. They want to be loved like Jesus loved because they feel that is how they will get what they are missing in their lives.

Unfortunately, those alternative practicing people define love as they see it and not as Jesus loved. Why? Because they have not learned how Jesus love and do not understand what love is all about.

They feel that love means that they get to continue in their way of life and make no changes, but the love that Jesus used to love everyone is much deeper than mere support and acceptance.

How did Jesus love?

When we examine the love that Jesus had for his creation, we find that how Jesus loved is vastly different from the way most people define the term. So a look at how Jesus loved is very important to see the depth and breadth of that love

#1. He taught

Jesus did not merely wish people well and encouraged them on their journey. He spent time teaching people the right way to live. The sermon on the mount is just one of the many teaching moments Jesus used to guide people in their lives.

#2. He spoke the truth

When you look at the words of Jesus, you will find that he di dnotmislead anyone, he did not lie to anyone, and he did not alter his teachings so that people would feel good about themselves. He spoke the truth and let the people listening to him make up their own minds.

#3. He limited divorce

As you read the sermon on the mount, you will find that Jesus did not follow the will of the people. He followed the will of his father. He did not tell people what they wanted to hear but exposed their sins, and faulty desires.

#4. Jesus taught obedience

He said why do you call me lord, yet do not do the things I say? He was pointing out that to be loved one had to obey his instructions and commands. This includes not cherry picking which commands to follow but making sure everyone followed all of them equally.

Jesus also upheld every command and instruction his father had already given to his people. He did not rebel against his father’s ways or words but followed them.

#5. He taught people to keep their word

In the sermon on the mount he made it clear that a follower of his needs to keep their word. His followers were not to brush off others by giving faulty statements about what they will and won’t do.

#6. Jesus said hell was real

He did not mince words but told people that hell was a real place and the only alternative to entering into heaven. He gave clear instructions on how to avoid reaching that destination but still left it up to the people to decide where they wanted to end up.

#7. He taught us about sin

Jesus taught everyone what was right and what was wrong. He did not alter those definitions or teachings when people did not want to follow his instructions. He made sin very clear and did not change the definition his father applied to the term

He taught the difference between good and evil, and morality and immorality as well. Those that did not want to live as he taught were free to live as they pleased but their decision did not alter their final destination.

#8. He taught us how to pray

He did not leave us without some way of communicating with him once he left this earth. He outlined how our prayers are to be structured. He made sure that we understood where we stood when we approach God and petition him or talk to him.

#9. He taught about false teaching

Jesus did not say that all religious teaching was good and beneficial. He made a point to differentiate between what is true biblical teaching and what was false teaching.

#10. He told us what was important in live

It was not the things of this world that we are to target but living for God’s kingdom that was most important. He provided enough instructions so that we are without a doubt about what we should and should not do as we seek his kingdom first

#11. He set the example

He showed us by his life how we are to live a holy life and resist temptation. Plus, he showed us that great love means one would sacrifice their lives for their loved ones. He put his words into action.

He also showed that if we loved God we would give up our sinful desires to be with God.

Some final words

These are just some of the ways that Jesus loved us. If you look at 1 Cor. 13: 4-6 you will see that he actually lived the way Paul describe in that passage. He did not act wrongfully, he did not rejoice in evil, and he did not think of himself as greater than anyone even though he was God.

Real love does not demand one’s selfish way or hold onto what God has declared to be sin. It does not bully nor become intolerant especially when people reject the alternative preferences so many people adhere to.

Love does not seek revenge or get even. It returns good for evil and seeks the benefit of others over themselves. Love is more than just a good feeling, a way to get support, acceptance and encouragement.

It goes beyond the surface and makes sure that people have a way out of their problems. Love tries to free people from their sins and is not a hate crime. Because love is ore than a feeling, it is true positive action

© 2019 David Thiessen

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    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      That passage is used a lot in many weddings. It seems to have the same result for a lot of couples

    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      it is read at a lot of weddings around the world with the same result

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      I always recall 1 Corinthians 13 being read at the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Unfortunately its significance appeared to have fallen on deaf ears as their marriage fell apart.

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