The Cost of Love

1 John 3:16 This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters.

Loving other people can be a tough gig. In fact, I’m pretty sure that each one of us has someone difficult in our lives whom God is calling us to love. And that … that costs; that hurts … and that’s just the way it’s meant to be.

Jesus, the more I get to know you … well, I’m starting to believe that what you’re all about is love. I was reading how you healed that leper and how you stood up for that prostitute and I thought – wow, that’s love.

But loving other people is so hard for me. I don’t find love easy and you know what, I think it’s because love costs. And when it costs, it doesn’t feel like what I thought love was supposed to feel like.

And then, then I read about how they crucified you and I cried. I couldn’t help it. I just sat there and sobbed. For the very first time, it struck me how much you love me and how much it cost you.

And somewhere deep in my heart of hearts, I want to be like you. I want to learn to love people the way you love me. And I know it’s going to cost. And that scares me to death.

But– I just want to love like you. Help me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

1 John 3:16 This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters.

It’s absolutely true. Loving others is hard work some days – it can be a tough grind and, absolutely, loving others is going to cost us something. A lot. But then, for God, loving us … well, it cost Jesus everything, even His life.

But that’s what it means to follow Jesus – to love others as He loved us.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.