Love Like Jesus - Part 1 - Humility

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John 13:34-35 - A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

If we are to love like Jesus, then we need to understand and accept how Christ has loved us first. And once we understand and accept that love, we can reflect that love in our relationships and world. I believe Jesus came in a spirit of humility. He came down from heaven and became flesh - he did not sit above and aloof but humbled himself to come as a man.

 

Philippians 2:5-8 New International Version (NIV)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

 

If we want to show love, then we need to approach people and interactions with humility.

I was reminded of a YouTube video called Lonely Homeless Man. The homeless man, Mark, obviously needed money and food, but his greater yearning was for company, for someone to acknowledge him as a fellow human being, as someone worth having a conversation with.

When we think about others, do we do so with humility, seeking to understand and express God's love? Or do we sometimes look with fear, or disgust, or ignorance, or selfishly worried more about ourselves.

If we are to be known for our love, then we need the humility of Jesus, who did not seek title but to understand, love and serve.

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