Posts Tagged ‘true love’



Jesus said to him, ‘Simon, do you love Me?'” (John‬ ‭21‬:‭16‬ NKJV)

According to Psychology Today, about 40 percent of all female murder victims die at the hands of a former or present spouse or lover. The home becomes a dangerous place for women (as well as for children). Nearly all male murderers claim that they committed the murder out of love, and possibly it was a result of loving too much. But can you truly destroy a life out of love? Is that how love acts?

In the text, Jesus is asking Simon Peter if his love is true. Just a few days earlier, Peter was emphatic that he would die out of love for his Master. Now, after denying Jesus in His hour of need, Peter reacts differently; he is broken. Jesus is trying to help His disciple to understand that he is not only forgiven, but that love doesn’t respond with emphatic hopes but with faithful future action: “Tend My sheep.”

People can be satisfied of our spiritual love because we say the right things. But what does God see? Love will be known by our faithfulness: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words.” (John‬ ‭14‬:‭23-24‬ NKJV) Let your love be true love, even as you are loved! 

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We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.” (1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)

A few years back, our family was heading to our church for the Wednesday night service. My kids were singing some Jonas Brothers song about love. My wife promptly stopped the chorus, giving a rousing lecture as to how they had no idea what real love was, only fuzzy emotions that are fickle, to which my youngest son immediately launches into the heartfelt cry from the 80s, “I Want To Know What Love Is, I Want You To Show Me!” And at that moment, I knew that I was a successful Father. My work here is done!

For most people, our idea of love is contingent upon how people treat us: if good, then love ensues; if bad, then love is abandoned. But true love isn’t something that turns on and off like a faucet. Our love is based off of the example that Jesus gives, being unconditional and free to all. To try and love different that His example is not real love but a conditional response.

Come to Jesus with the same prayer as the lyrics to the old song, “I want to know what love is & I want you to show me!” Learn the extent of His love for you, then ask for His help to imitate it. The Lord is always ready to help you live right! You are loved today! Press on!