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November 15, 2018

Learning to Love Like Jesus

“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (Msg)

 The Bible says, if we want to love like Jesus, we must keep company with Jesus.  Loving like Jesus is the consequence of learning a life of love by observing how He loved. His love is more caught than taught.  In Ephesians 5, Paul puts it like this:

“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.” 

And what does God do?  “Mostly what God does is love you.”  Think about that.  He doesn’t love you because you deserve it.  In fact, the Bible teaches us that He demonstrated His love for us even while we were “sinners”, living in rebellion and estranged from God.  How did He demonstrate His love?  By sending Christ to die for our sins, to pay a debt – our sin debt, that He did not owe for a price we could never afford!  That’s love!  It’s a love with no strings attached!  If we want to love like that, Paul tells us how.

“Keep company with Him and learn a life of love.  Observe how Christ loved us.  His love was not cautious but extravagant.  He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that.”  Ephesians 5:2 (MSG)

Is your love cautious or extravagant?  Do you love in order to get something in return or to offer everything of yourself to another? To love like that, we need Jesus.  Only God can produce that kind of love in us and demonstrate that kind of love through us.  Our focus is not on trying to reproduce that kind of love.  Our focus is on remaining rightly related to the One who loves us more than we can possibly imagine!  When I’m rightly related to Him, His love flows through me.  I become more Christ-like by virtue of Christ’s indwelling presence controlling everything I do, say or think.  When that happens, a child of God begins to reflect the behavior learned from their heavenly Father.  It’s a matter of parentage.  Who’s your daddy?  As we keep company with Him, we learn a life of love.