07 Dec Genuine Love
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:5-11
It is really difficult to serve those that we do not love. It is hard for us to stomach the idea of laying down our preferences and desires for the good of another when our heart is full of hate towards another. Paul is calling us to model our lives after Jesus, who has come and served us. The foundation of our service towards others must be genuine love for that other person. When love is the motivator of our service towards others, we will actually seek their good, instead of serving them for our good.
The only way to actually, genuinely love others is through reflecting upon the love of God in Christ. Jesus has come to us even though we were his enemies. He comes to us in love and serves us in love. He genuinely sought our good, which was reconciliation with himself. Do you feel a lack of love and service towards others? Look to Jesus, who has loved and served you perfectly. Look to Jesus, who has loved you even when you were unlovely. Look to Jesus.
- Is your life typified by genuine love towards others? Why not?
- What inhibits your ability to love others? How does the Gospel provide a remedy for your hard heart towards others?
- Why is it so hard to love others? How do we do as a family loving others?
- Spend some time together as a family praying and thanking God for His love for you in Christ.