Loving Like Jesus

Jesus never asks us to do something that He hasn’t done Himself. We all need to learn from that. When He says, “Love your enemies,” it’s because that’s what He does. He leads by example, always. 

An example of how Jesus loved His enemies happened right after Jesus was betrayed by Judas and the guards came to take Him into captivity. As the guards took hold of Jesus, Peter responded by attacking the guards—apparently, Peter thought The King of Glory needed some protecting. Peter lunged forward and cut off an ear of one of the servants in the mob. Jesus stopped the fight and said, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” (Matthew 26:52-54)

What happens next is astounding. Scripture records that Jesus reached over and healed the servant’s ear that Peter damaged. Not only did Jesus love His enemy, but He also covered up His disciples major blunder. Can you imagine how that impacted Peter?

Later in the life of Peter, we find him writing, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) I think Peter never forgot the moment Jesus restored the ear of His enemy, and also covered Peter’s sin. Jesus’ example resonated with Peter for the rest of his life, and inspired him to do likewise.

My question is, if we don’t love like Jesus, who will inspire the next generation? If we don’t learn to “turn the other cheek” or “go the extra mile” how will those that watch us have an example of what a God kind of love looks like? 

For example, do you remember the power outage our area experienced two years ago? Power companies were slammed with complaints and angry customers without power. One of those people affected was a family member of mine. She had been out of power for 9 days, so she went to the power company to make sure she was on the list for repair. The lobby of the power company was a mob of angry customers. However, when she was called to the counter to express her frustration, she did something so simple but so loving. She thanked the power company employee behind the counter. Instead of complaining, she thanked them for doing their best and expressed a true compassion for how difficult it must be for them to do their job. That employee actually began to tear up, she was so touched. 

Do you think the worker saw something different about my family member, and do you think she was now in a position to hear what my family member had to say? You better believe it—she was all ears. Love never fails. 

My family member’s actions reminded me to make sure I go against the grain and keep loving and being kind even when it isn’t convenient. It was a little thing, but to those out there that don’t get much encouragement, a little love goes a long way. Love like Jesus. 

Let’s pray: Jesus, you are so amazing! I love the way You love. Help me be more and more like You. Help me have compassion on those You have compassion on. Shine your ways through me, and empower me to overcome every evil with Your goodness. Amen.