Posted by: Derek Guyer | February 5, 2013

The Act of Love

“Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.”

-C.S. Lewis

I think Jesus said it even better.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

-Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48 NIV

Many times love doesn’t begin with a feeling, but instead with the acknowledgement of a need in someone else and our willingness to meet it even when we don’t believe they deserve it. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The love of God towards us began long before we repented or believed. If you are going to receive that love from Father, you are going to have to give it as well.

Jesus’ love is a better love. It is a love that acts even when it hurts.

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