The word love means to have an intense feeling or deep affection. To love someone means to care for them, which is to feel concern or interest; attach importance.
Jesus had a lot to say about love. In fact, He commanded us to love one another and yet the state of many relationships in our own lives and certainly the state of the world indicates that we haven’t taken his command to us seriously.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34
It is an extraordinary thing to be loved. It is even more extraordinary to be loved by the creator of the universe. Jesus made it clear in both word and deed how much he loved us while here on earth and he continues to make that clear to us today in his daily care for us. Every person has a desire to be loved; so why then is it that we often struggle to love others – especially those we don’t know or who are very different than we are?
Not feeling loved, selfishness, apathy, and indifference are all reasons we may not be loving others the way we are meant to. The answer isn’t exactly the same for each of us, but the result is the same. When we don’t love – for any reason – we are being disobedient and not living out our purpose here on earth. What is preventing you from loving others? God is calling us to an ‘all in’ life for Him. Find an opportunity to tangibly express the love of Christ to someone today.
- Selfishness – lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.
- Apathy – lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
- Indifference – lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.
- Excuse – attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify.
“Hate is not the opposite of love. Indifference is. I’m awake at 1:00 a.m. God has shown me tonight that he has already provided everything I need, but it will never be enough for me because I am trusting in the provision rather than the provider. Instead, what I should be agonizing over is that I have not loved others as I should. I have been indifferent. God has shown me tonight that I should be more concerned with my lack of love for others.” – Excerpt from ‘Just Choose‘ by Michael Phillips