Love by ActionBro. David Chancellor
4/5/2009 11:00 AM
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Jesus would sometimes ask us the same question: "Do you love me?" Peter had declared his love for Jesus, but then denied him in the face of Jesus’ death. He repented and wept bitterly. Jesus came and asked Peter if he loved him more than "these." Peter was challenged to think about his love for Jesus. It’s good for us to express our love to those that we love. It should come out in more than just words. Our actions should show our love for God. Worship some expression of love. Our love for Christ should extend to the rest of our lives. The things we do in our daily lives should show our love for him.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
The things we do for people around us is one way we show our love for God. God wants us to help other people. The things listed here are things all of us can do. We can show kindness to others and show our love for God in that. God wants us to help and befriend those around us. Start with those at home and expand from there. Extend the love of Christ beyond the home.
Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, not thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Look for opportunities to show forth the love of Christ to those who can’t pay you back. That’s a good opportunity to show God’s love. Don’t look for anything in return. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Even a cup of cold water, given from love, can be a blessing. Look for ways to show love to God whenever you can. "Money is a poor gift, there’s not much of me in it." The gift that requires thought and time is a better gift because there’s more of you in it.
1 Corinthians 9:16-18
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
Some were questioning Paul’s ministry because he wasn’t receiving the financial support others were receiving. He made it clear that he could receive it, but he explained why he went about things as he did. He worked out of love. He didn’t want it to be just a job. Working freely as he did made it an act of love to God. Walking just out of duty misses the point. Our lives should be lived as an act of love to God. We shouldn’t be out for what we can get for ourselves. Give without expecting to receive in return.
2 Corinthians 12:13-15
For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong. Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you; for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you…" This is how love ought to be. Love will give whether anything comes back or not. Parents give without expecting to receive (although it’s scriptural that children should care for their parents when they get old). Love is ready to spend and be spent. Our actions should show how much we love God. How much does your love for God show up in your life? Love needs to move us to action. Live to give of yourself to "the least of these."