Day 4- We Can Love More!

Day 4- We Can Love More!

Bible Reading: John 21:15-25, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I’ve always wondered how awkward a conversation it was between Jesus and his guy, Peter. 

They were having breakfast, so technically, you could assume they were like on a date. Then Jesus starts all the ‘love you’ talk. And he keeps going on with it, asking again and again whether Peter loves him.

Most guys I know would be dead angry and pissed out about that.

We live in a generation where there’s an unprecedented scarcity of love, and there’s so much abuse and manipulation around what love really is.

People have been hurt, cheated, taken advantage of and so on, all in the name of love. 

It leaves us in quite a difficult place and a tension to deal with:  A commandment from our God emphatic and hinged on love, but a world standard and culture that is contrary to what we believe, .

When Jesus was asked to summarize all the law and prophets, he summarized it as loving God and loving people. (Matthew 22:35-39)

Sometimes, because of the manipulation and bitterness in the world, believers refrain from ‘the whole love thing’. 

But that’s wrong! It’s the very essence of our lives.

Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35 TLB

For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers. John 13:35 TPT

It’s like hearing that some people are parading fake university certificates and all, and then going to burn your University certificate up.  

You don’t throw away the substance you hold because you see others not getting it right.

Good news is that love is not an out-to-in thing for the believer. It’s an in-to-out. We don’t love because the world is deserving or understanding, we love because God’s love is poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. 

1. More Than These

Notice that Jesus isn’t just wanting to be loved. He’s asking Peter to affirm a ‘more than these’.  

For Jesus, there are comparative measures. 

I think if we’re honest, we all know the ‘these’ that have the tendency to creep up on us and  compete with our love and attention.

Jesus calls us again to make him our priority and core passion. 

We’ve got to take our focus off idols. 

Imagine today that you were sitting on one end of a table with Jesus on the other end, and he asked you the ‘love me more than these’ question. Can you say a confident yes?

2. What Does Your Love Propel?

Do you notice that each time Peter affirms his love for Jesus, Jesus commits responsibility into his hand?

I think one of the biggest disservices to love in our day is that it is said so much, but done so little. 

Love is not just in saying. It’s in doing. It’s in a corresponding line of action. Love is not primarily an emotion or a feeling. It is doing. It is a commandment that we obey, not an a way we feel.

Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words]. 1 John 3:18 AMP

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. 1 John 3:18 MSG

In practically challenging your love walk today, ask yourself what your love can propel with the people in your world. What can your love propel with your spouse, your family, your friends, your mentors, your church? Let’s hold up 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 like a mirror and really see where we are, and where we need the help of the Holy Spirit:

Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense.  Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TPT

Our love is not just in saying it, but in a corresponding line of action.

Something To Pray;

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18 NKJV

Would you pray today for a sincerity and truth for your love walk today and for God to propel you to even greater expressions of His love in you.

3 Comments

  1. A.S

    Amen. So help me God. I am a love being, and my decision to love brings me to act. May God’s love find more expression in me in Jesus name.

  2. Seun Sunmola

    I will put higher love and adoration beyond everything else that competes for my time and attention. And I will love, not just with words but in action. Amen

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