“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22
So here’s the thing, if I have responded to the gospel, learning to love others should become my daily motivation. Because I realize the depth of Christ’s glorious love for my own wretched soul, this Love, when coming from a deep place of honest transformation of my own heart, can change my world, my neighbors world. This is the gospel.
Here’s the rub: this Love is an honest love that must speak truth with the motivation of bringing healing. It’s not a love that is soft, ignorant or shy, for fear of bringing offense. God’s Love is offensive. (1 Cor. 1:23) It is such a radical, truthful love that when demonstrated by the motivation of His Spirit, and received by the heart, there is an awakening by the recipient of the depth and depravity of their self-centeredness. At that moment, the conscience, the “self” is offended by truth. That is the moment of decision.
Real love, mixed with truth and compassion offers the recipient a real opportunity for healing. Love that only offers agreement and condolence to the hurting, but no truth, is an incomplete and selfish love. Responding with truth brings us into the light. (John 3:21)
Love like this is a process, that should be getting easier the more I grow in Christ, yet will continually be my greatest challenge, for this is enemy territory; bringing people into His light of healing. Living in this kind of love takes courage, faith, motivated only by a desire to offer the recipient wholeness and healing. This is exactly what Jesus demonstrated for all of us. It’s that kind of love that causes one to lay down their own self-centered living so that others can be free. This is a demonstration of real Christianity. Its this kind of truth that sets us free. (John 8:32)
Abba Father, help me to allow you greater access to my heart, purify me by Your truth, and empower me with Your grace so that I can love others properly, to love like You do.