The One Who Loves You Most
It’s only 5:30 in the morning and I’ve been reminded of this verse four times today already. (First through a text message and the rest through blog posts and articles I’ve currently read.)
There is no better reminder for every person than the reminder that they are truly loved despite themselves.
Love one another as I have loved you. John 13:34-35
Yes, He has loved us with an everlasting love and he commands us to love others with this kind of love. We may not be able to do so given our human nature of hatred and envy and sloth, but God is not after our perfection. He is after our progress.
If you tell your brothers and sisters in Christ that you love them, this is albeit changing moods, physical distance, age and whatever changes and constraints you can come up with.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Loving is implied forgiveness. As Christ has covered up all our wrongs with his love so too do we offer this kind of love to all. One another means everyone. Even that old, smelly man across the street? Yes. That classmate who thinks he knows everything? One another.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Luke 6:32
Even if they don’t really love me back?
Wait, doesn’t that ring familiar?
God has loved you with an EVERLASTING love. It is from first to last. It includes your long and dirty in-between – that moment you lied to your mom. That day you spent gossiping with your friends. That night you went home drunk. That class exam you cheated your way out of. Those cursing and laziness and disobedience. Those times you acted like you didn’t love Him, more so, like you didn’t know Him.
He loves you despite all those.
Does He need you? Not really. But He chooses to.
Oh how He loves.
Oh how He would love it if you would only love Him back.
Take a listen: Forever Love by Francesca Battistelli