Love and Forgiveness (Through the Gospels)
What is the one thing that is supposed to make Christians different from everyone else? Love.
Our love for God and others is what is supposed to be the greatest difference that we hold as followers of Christ. This love is a supernatural love.
It is natural to love those who you love. It is natural to love your family and friends. But to love those who have wronged you? Impossible.
It is only possible for the one who has received the love of Christ into their hearts. The person who has the love of Jesus in their hearts, is empowered by God’s love to love others. It is a supernatural love that overflows from a sinner touched by grace. A person who truly understands the depth of their sins and the grace of God, will love everyone. They will not choose who they love, but will love everyone that God places in front of them.
Jesus tells us, “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. But love your enemies” (Luke 6:32; 35). Do you have someone today in your life that is difficult to love? Is there someone who has wronged you and they do it repeatedly?
Think about what you have done to Jesus.
You and I have wronged Jesus. In fact, you and I wrong Him every day of our lives. But Jesus, chooses to love and forgive us. It is when we realize this that we are empowered to forgive and love others as Jesus has loved and forgiven us. “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). A recipient of God's mercy will show mercy to others as well.