John 13:34 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.
Love, the new commandment, sounds easy doesn’t it?
What does Love consist of? I would say sacrifice is the number one answer. This is so hard to do, especially since we are so selfish by nature. That’s why God says whoever doesn’t love doesn’t know Him, because it is impossible without Him to help us.
So many people give money easily, but they have it to give, so where is the sacrifice? Many give to the ones who they benefit from or are close to, but where is the sacrifice when you get something in return? Jesus mentioned how the Pharisees and tax collectors even took care of their own.
I think we need to analyze our lives and motives of why we help others to see if we are following God. Do you give of your time, even if that means your perfect idea gets messed up? Do you sacrifice what you want, to bring Joy into someone else’s day? Do you let your home get disrupted at a moments notice when someone needs help?
Do you show love to those who have hurt you? Do you offer forgiveness?
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others
I believe that if we counted others as more important than ourselves, there would be less anger and disappointment in our lives. I believe that we find a sense of Joy when we live this way.
Think about it, if you always thought about others and their interests and their needs, how could you ever feel anything but accomplishment?
Do you love unselfishly as Jesus did for us? Who do you show love to and how?