Loving people unconditionally like God loves us in Christ Jesus is very difficult for many of us. In fact, some of us have resigned ourselves and concluded it’s an impossible thing to do even as a Christian. We rationalize that we are not Jesus (God), but human. We say that it doesn’t follow logic, not right and appropriate to love unconditionally someone who is clearly one’s enemy, not wanting anything good for us, but rather our downfall. We say it would be stupid and foolish to love someone like that! Hence, we align with one Old Testament teaching of Moses, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for tooth” (Exodus 21:24) which Jesus referenced in teaching His disciples and us, His followers a new and better attitude in our interpersonal relationships. If we are having that kind of mindset in this new dispensation, the Lord Jesus wants us to reconsider our status as His disciples.
God, the Father sent Jesus into the realm of humanity to show the power of His unconditional love for us sinful and condemned humans so that we can become a new person transformed from inside out. Perhaps the most known verse of the Scriptures, John 3:16 tells us of God’s deep love through Jesus so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal, transformed life to be thinking and living like Jesus. Apostle Paul at Romans 5:6-8 said, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. . . God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The word of God also describes God as the epitome of love,(1 John4:7) hence you and I ought always to look at God and Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit inside to help us be like them. We are given the Holy Spirit at point of conversion to be our enabler to do what our human flesh cannot overcome (John 14:15-18).
If we are having difficulty loving people, we should see our new life as an integral part of Jesus and let Him live through us because He is the vine and we are the branches. Without Him we can do nothing (John 15:1-5). We should love, forgive and live like Him. Increasingly becoming like Jesus is our goal as believers and God’s grace is always available to help us.
Dr. Johnson Omoni