A Love Such As This

Dear Sinners and Saints,

A good rule of thumb for a parent is to teach their children the Golden Rule. “Love others, as you love yourself”. The only thing wrong with that, is it is a partial teaching of Jesus.

 Christ took the Golden Rule to a whole new level. In John 15:12, 13 Jesus says , “ This is your commandment, that you love one another as I first loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for their friends.”

Simply put, it is not enough to love as we love ourselves. Frankly, most of us do not have enough self love, or know how to love ourselves appropriately, like the old country song "we have been looking for love in all the wrong places…”

Jesus loved to the depth of giving his life for you and the world he loves.

To love at such a level is to come face to face with Jesus.

Win Arn says,” Love is intentionally doing something caring or helpful for another person, in Jesus name, regardless of the cost or consequence to oneself.”

Do you know such a love? Yes you do, and that love's name is Jesus! Would you dare to try it? Christ will not give up until you do! Jesus has modeled it, lives it, and offers it to you each day! John 15 invites you to explore it and experience it. There is no place this love has not come to dwell, and that includes your heart. Only a love such as this affords us purpose, healing, and transformation.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Vikki wrote:
Thanks Dave - I hope to learn to love myself better by loving others as Jesus did.

Fri, May 15, 2009 @ 9:43 AM

2. Pat wrote:
The "Do unto others" part first appeared in English in a Catholic Catechism probably in 1567, but certainly in the reprint of 1583.[3]
The Golden Rule has been present in our lives for 450 years!. Sometimes it is really hard to follow-especially when you are feeling anger and resentment toward a person or circumstance!

Sat, May 16, 2009 @ 6:41 PM

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