A Compassionate Kind of Love
But God shows His love for us in that while were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8 (ESV)
There are many different types of love. You can love pizza. You can love going to the movies. You can love your best friend. You can love your significant other. However, none of those types of love compares to what God shows to us.
The love Jesus reveals to us goes beyond comprehension. He came to this world with the sole purpose of saving us from our sins. He died an excruciating death so that He can be with us for an eternity. It’s a compassionate and sacrificial type of love.
Jesus sacrificed Himself in order for us to be reconciled before Him. He died to defeat death and then rose from the grave three days later to proclaim His glory. He didn’t have to do it. He could have let us wallow and suffer in our sin. However, because of His divine nature, He showed love to us when we didn’t deserve it.
Loving someone unconditionally is extremely difficult. People will always let you down. Someone will eventually hurt you somewhere along the road. The type of love Jesus shows us is the type of love we must show to others. It’s tough, but it is not impossible. The power of the Holy Spirit is what makes it possible.
We are called to bear each other’s burdens and love one another like we love ourselves. If we can go out of our way to make sure all of our needs are met, then surely we can do that for those who cannot take care of themselves.
That’s what Jesus did for us. He looked upon us with compassion, because we are unable to save ourselves from our own sin. He left his heavenly home to die for us. His death and resurrection gave us eternal life. Knowing that, we should be motivated to help others around us and show the type of love God has for us. Even though we are sinners, Christ died for us.
This week, pray about how you want to show love to those around you. Remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Let that thought impact your actions as we share the gospel.