The Lord has made his salvation known…He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God [Psa 98:2-3]
It is impossible to truly experience the love of God and not love others. His love has this incredible ability to heal us and empower us at the same time. We can love like Jesus because his Spirit seeks to produce the fruit of love within us. God wants to use you and me to reveal to a broken and searching world the unfathomable riches of his love – he longs to love people through us.
Everything Jesus did was done out of his perfect love for the Father and us. Every word, healing, prayer, and action was done out of unconditional devotion. Ephesians 5:1-2 says: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Jesus is our model for living. But if we are to “walk in love, as Christ loved us,” we must believe God will fill us with the ability to love as Jesus loved.
God wants to empower and transform you to live like Jesus. But we must make space in our lives to be loved by God so that we can be used by him to love others. He longs to meet you and heal the wounds and insecurities that have kept you from loving others as you should. This Advent season may you discover the joy and peace that comes from loving others wholeheartedly. Run to him with open arms, and allow him to make you selfless and servant-hearted – to make you more like Jesus.