Motivated By Love
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ has forgiven you.”
(Eph. 4:32; NASB)
Loving one another is one of the foundations of Christian life. Jesus told us to do this as a commandment (see Mark 12:31). Being kind, forgiving, and tender-hearted to each other is all a part of loving each other. In fact, without love you could not consistently do any of the other stuff. It comes down to love being an action word, not an emotion. Although you might not feel emotionally moved to do something considerate for someone, trying your best to love them the way God loves you will motivate you to put aside your emotions and do what you know is right.
Think about it, God doesn’t just tell us He loves us, He shows us. God loves us so much that He sacrificed His Son to remove our sin. Jesus loves us so much that when we were still living in our sin, He gave His life for us (see Rom. 5:6-8). He had people spitting on Him, beating Him, cursing Him, and finally killing Him. If anyone had a right to not feel like doing anything for us it was Jesus. And yet as He was dying on that cross, He asked God to forgive all those responsible (see Luke 23:34). Whoever believes in Jesus Christ will never perish and will not be judged, but will have life forever with Him even though none of us deserve it (see John 3:16-17). That is love in action.
We have all offended God. We have all disrespected what was Jesus did on the cross. We are all sinners who have been given a chance for eternal life in paradise by a God who loves us. Anyone who acknowledges verbally that Jesus is Lord and believes that God raised Him from the dead, will be saved (see Rom. 10:9). God forgives us of everything we have done in our lives prior to accepting Him. There is no way we can make a case for not forgiving someone when considering what Jesus did for us on the cross.
Being kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving are by-products of love. Because He loves us, He is all of those things and more for every believer. If you find it difficult to show kindness to someone because they offended you, or to have compassion for someone who has none for anyone else, or forgive someone who has wronged you, pray for God to help you love. It is love that enables us to “feel like” doing good-hearted things for others.
Have a great week and God bless.