In an age where love is portrayed as only physical, and sometimes even negatively, we tend to forget how to love others well. Jesus talks a lot about love in Scripture, and there are multiple ways we can show Christ-like love to others, but today I am only going to share about four.
Before we dive in, though, I want to start by saying that we can’t love others well apart from Jesus. He is the ultimate example of Love, and is the only One who can develop those abilities to love well in us. When we love Jesus first, we can then love others. Without Him, it’s impossible because we are selfish by nature. With that said, here are four ways you can love others well.
1). Showing Grace
God showed merciful grace upon us when He took our place on the cross because He deeply loves us. We can extend that same kind of grace Christ modeled to those we encounter every day.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (CSB)
2). Being Kind
Christ has looked past all our sins and taken us in with open arms. We can and should do the same for others, just as Christ did for us.
“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:32 (CSB)
3) Speaking Well
Our words have the ability to build up or tear down…to preserve life or destroy it. To show Jesus to others and love them well, we should be speaking well of them, and also speaking well of Him to them.
“No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 (CSB)
4) Acting Out
Love is our outward expression of an inward reflection of Jesus. To love others well requires action on our part. Jesus showed us how much He loved us when He died on the cross in our place. Our actions can show Jesus’ love to others by simply caring for others in the same way Christ cares for us.
“But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (CSB)
With this being the month of love, I pray we all remember that the ultimate Love is Jesus, and He made the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. I pray we live out that same love to others every day.
Meet Hannah Hay…
Hannah and her husband Ben attend Stuart Heights Chattanooga Campus. She fills her days with writing, singing and her two cats, Sasha and Princess. Hear more from Hannah over at atransformedlifeblog.com.