WEEK 5: REVERE JESUS: AS YOUR LORD: Are you known for your love for others?
Day 30: Thu 15 Mar, 18
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Are you known for your love for others?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Worship: I Have Decided
Those who are born of God love as He loves and His command to love will not be burdensome (1 John 5:1-3) because we are reflecting the “the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour.” Titus 3:4-5,8
This is how we revere Jesus:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” “We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
1 John 4:7-12, 19-21 NIV
Jesus told a sobering parable in Matthew 25:31-36 – identifying those who will be found righteous as those who cared for naked, hungry, imprisoned strangers as if they were Jesus himself. Those who did not were sent to eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
This is how we revere Jesus: “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
“But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3: 17-18. Read also Luke 6:27-36.
“The greatest cause of atheism is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
Shane Claiborne, Irresistible Revolution, 2016, p. 258
Follow Jesus as His Disciple
Be blessed as you look to Jesus as your Lord -
- To be reborn with His love for those in desperate need of a cup of water and eternal life.
- To receive from Him the power to love people – even our enemies and the grace to show the same gratitude to those who don’t treat you well, as you do to those who are good to you.
- To have His love burn in us and flow from us as the body of Christ to those in our region – effectively igniting revival fires across our nation!
(Based on Sylvia Gunter, 2008, p.187)
What needs does Jesus invite you to meet among those you are called to love?
Could the local churches in your area love more effectively if they collaborated strategically in prayer and community service? If the Spirit quickens this to you, ask Him to show you how to partner with others as a local Christ filled community to form local goals and strategies for prayer, proclaim the gospel and release righteousness and justice to all in your community. Examples include prayer-walking, key gatekeepers and churches collaborating in discerning needs, prayer and worship, community integration and responsive services, supporting business and government at all levels to implement Jesus’ kingdom righteous and justice.
Be Inspired by The Whatcom Story 2, 2017, 13:40 mins.
Pray All People Hear the Gospel
Father, we pray today that Your compelling love is so tangible that it draws people to revere Jesus - in our local area and the Australian city of Cairns in Queensland where the Queen’s Baton is in these days; to the nations represented at the Commonwealth Games; and the unreached 46,000 Islamic Turk people in Sweden.