This week for Trademark we are looking at Radical Love. True love is not just a feeling or emotion; according to Jesus, true love is when we lay our lives down for others. Once we have experienced the deep love that Jesus has for us, we must be moved to action for others. When we see how He laid down His life, it allows us to lay down ours. Romans 5:8 says that “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God didn’t just say to us, “I love you guys so much” – He demonstrated it.
Not only did Jesus show us love through the ultimate action of the cross, but He also embodied the love of the Father before He was crucified. Let’s take a look at some of the passages where we see His love in action.
Luke 13:11-13: 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.
Imagine being released from such a severe disability after 18 years! What a beautiful display of God’s power and love.
John 8:3-11: 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery… 7 As they continued to ask Jesus, He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Jesus didn’t condemn the woman but rather brought her into a greater reality, into freedom from sin.
Luke 7:12-15: 12 As Jesus drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother. 13 And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Jesus’ compassion brings life. He is able to raise people from the dead both physically and spiritually.
The lengths that Jesus went to in order to show love are completely awe-inspiring. They are from another world. But Jesus doesn’t just leave it here. He tells His disciples in John 15:12, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Just as He came to serve, we also must serve others. And we are able to love the same way that He loved – with a love from another world.
As you go through the day, think of how you can serve others with the love of Christ. He must be alive in us so that His love can be manifest through us. Pray for the students, that they would be able to lay themselves down for one another; that they would start to really love each other through their differences and hurt, and embrace one another in the power of the Spirit.