Three of my granddaughters, taken quite a few years ago. I’ve never seen sisters who loved each other so much, except maybe their mother and her sister. Love is so beautiful.
My blogging friend, “Lene in Japan,” at https://songofvirginity.wordpress.com/ has asked me to take part in a challenge. I was given three quotes to write about. My last post was one quote, and today I am writing on the second quote:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”.
– Jesus Christ
A young rich man ran up to Jesus after seeing him bless the little children. He seemed to be overcome with the feeling that this Jesus could help him with a problem. You see, he had been keeping all the rules and commandments of his religion, but he didn’t feel saved. He felt something was missing in his relationship with God.
He knelt before Jesus and asked, “ “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The man refused to do this and walked away feeling sad.
What I want to point out in this event is that as Jesus looked on the young man, he loved him. I believe that whenever Jesus looked on the face of a person, he loved them. As he looked on Pilate’s face, when he was on trial, he loved him. He explained to Pilate about his kingdom, and then God sent a dream to Pilate’s wife to warn him away from what he was about to do. Pilate was loved.
When he looked up at Zaccheus, who had climbed up a tree in order to get a glimpse of Jesus, he loved him. When he looked at the woman who had committed adultery, he loved her. When he looked over at the thief on the cross, he loved him.
He loved them all, and as he looks upon us, he loves us. God is love, the Bible says. He can’t help loving everyone, for that is who he is. He can’t save everyone, but he loves those he cannot save. He loves Satan and his evil angels. He loves the worst person on earth. He loves the best person on earth. He is love personified. He cannot stop loving.
Love gives people freedom. The freedom to choose and the freedom to believe or not believe. God asks us to choose life.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”
“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Jeremiah 3:13
“Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?'”
“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:9