Love of Christ – Part 1

Love of Christ

According to Christian theology: the spiritual tradition(2002) by John Glyndwr Harris “The love of Christ is a central element of Christian belief and theology. It refers to the love of Jesus Christ for humanity, the love of Christians for Christ, and the love of Christians for people” and as such the first part of this devotional will focus on the love of Christ for humanity.

When we think of our loved ones, friends and especially family we can go to any human length possible to make sure they are okay. It is this love that can make a mother go without food so her children can eat it. It can cause a father to leave his house early in the morning and return late at night just so he can afford to send his children to school.

Likewise, it is this same love that causes our spiritual leaders and pastors to pray, fast and stand in the gap for their flock often putting them at the forefront of spiritual attacks. Many spouses and parents have indeed even taken a bullet for their loved ones. But can I ask a question? Would you take a bullet or lay down your life for a complete stranger? Or Would you lay down your life for someone who absolutely hated you?

Well Christ did this over 2000 years ago. What a great display of love for humanity!

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”.

He gave up his life that we may have life, but he also did this and went through great pain knowing that some would still reject him and choose a life of sin.

It has often be said that when we sin it’s like we are nailing him to the cross again yet he knew this and still chose to die for us. Romans 5:8 of the New Living Translation says “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”. What an incredible love!

We can also see that as far back as the Old Testament before Jesus sent his son there was a unique love for humanity. Genesis 9:11 sees God promise to never destroy the earth again by floods and each time we see a rainbow this should be a reminder to us of His covenant. This doesn’t mean everything will be smooth afterall rainbows appear after heavy rainfall or storms. Just remember whatever storm you are going through the rainbow will always appear and this is a sign of God’s love for you and I, all of humanity.

This message should also be a challenge to all of us.

How do we treat our fellow brother or sister, the ones we know and the ones we don’t know. Do we treat them with disgust and contempt or with the love and compassion Christ showed us when he died for humanity?

Michelle Ajala

Head of Missions

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