.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Loving as Christ Loves

-A A +A

Loving as Christ Loves

By Pearl Harper

 

Loving as Christ Loves   My thoughts again this week are about love. If we could only give thanks for the love of Christ and serve with His love; my what we could accomplish. As I was reading about charity, charity is rendered love in the New Testament, I began to think about some happenings in the life of Christ. Is it possible for us to show the love Christ had for others? The first one I thought of was the woman at the well (John, chapter 4). If we had known she had been married five times and was now living with someone who was not her husband, how would we have judged her? Would we have offered her or rather told her about salvation as Christ did? The sad thing is- probably not. How would we have judged the woman caught in adultery in John chapter 8. The crowd was ready to stone her to death. Jesus told them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Read the story, they left one by one, their conscience condemned them. Jesus said unto the woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, no man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, “neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:1-11) Would we have tried to stop the crowd and witness to her? How do we judge people who make mistakes or falter? Do we pray for them or judge? How many times do we fail in our lifetime? Aren’t we so glad God forgives? I know the prayers of others touch and help when we go through dark times. I borrowed these following thoughts from a wonderful commentary I have marked. I Corinthians 13:4-7 so easy to understand. I used these same verses last week. “Charity sufferth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Does not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things; patience means, no hurry, suffers long and endures long. Kindness means, love in action, never acts rash, not inconsistent, puffed up or proud. Generosity means, love in completion, not envious or jealous. Humility means, love in hiding, no parade, no airs, works then retires. Courtesy means, love in society, does not behave unseemly, always polite, never rude or discourteous. Unselfishness means, seeking only good from others, does not retaliate or take revenge. Rightousness means, love in conduct, hates sin, never glad when others do wrong, always eager to believe the best. Sincerity means love in profession, never boastful or conceited. The commentary made some things so plain, it is surely conditions we should strive to fulfill. If we could love as Christ loves, we could touch many lives. It is a goal we should strive to meet. God Bless.