If we believers would be winning the lost sinners to God’s kingdom, we must continually and consistently be living a transparent life of unconditional and infectious love. In order words, we must daily and in all our relationships be living out Jesus’ injunction to us thus: “So, I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples” (John 13:34-35). And how did Jesus love us? It was by sacrificing His life for our eternal redemption! “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” (John 15:13).
Perhaps, we all tend to think that we will be like a fool reflecting our stupidity, but biblically speaking that is not so for it is more blessed to give of our selves than to receive (Acts 20:35). Dr. Les Parrott, siting Ephesians 5:2, “Observe how Christ loved us. Love like that” said, “Loving like Jesus is the best way to live. When we love like Him, we can step outside ourselves and clearly see our loved ones and their needs. We can shed layers of selfishness, resentment, anxiety, pettiness, and entitlement. Most of all, we can rise above our human imperfections and step into transcendent love.”
In spite of what Christ has done to secure and restore our redemption and connectedness with God, the Father freely, and the blessings of His love we daily enjoy, for most of us church people we are still prone to sin of wickedness, revenge, unforgiveness and hate of our fellow human being, especially those who may have hurt us. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and go extra mile. He even told us to pray for those who persecute us so we can reflect our being the children of our Father who is in heaven. Striving to be perfect and increasing in maturity toward becoming like Jesus ought to be our daily pursuit (Matthew 5:43-48).
When we as husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters are tempted to hurt and avenge one another, we must remember who we are in Christ and be His presence in our world. The word of God encourages us, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sin” (1Peter 4) - Dr. Johnson Omoni