Love is a universal language that can be felt and understood by all the creation of God. When I was a younger, I had always felt the love of God because of the goodness of the people around me. And in return, I was also good to them. This was the kind of love I was familiar with. Most people are probably going this way towards love. I thought the kind of love in me was true but it was actually based on condition; thus, it’s not true love.
When we face different kinds of people with different attitudes, upbringing and character, our love is challenged. In fact, we begin to choose who we want to love and be kind with. But when I came to know the love of God through Jesus Christ, my whole perspective about love was forever changed.
What kind of love does God have in his heart? What did Jesus say about love?
Firstly, God never chose certain people to love. It’s an amazing to realize that while we were given the free will to choose who we want to love, God chose to love the whole world – both good and evil people. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NLT). It did not say that for God so loved the good men or some men, but it says the world. God gave His only Son for our sake, for the sake of the murderers, the thieves, the liars, and all kinds of people including you and me. “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Mat. 5:45). God shows his kindness, mercy and love not just to people who think they are good but even to those who don’t believe in Him.
When I think about the love of God, I realized that I truly do not know what love is until I read His love letter – written in the Bible. You realize that human love is not the kind of love God has in his heart. God’s love is unconditional, and He is patient and always gives second chances to people for them to realize their own faults through His goodness.
Moreover, Jesus Christ taught us the most difficult kind of love: loving your enemies. He said in Luke 6:27-31, “But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
These words of Jesus Christ portray the perfect kind of love. He demonstrated the kind of love God has in his heart through his own life. Looking upon how Jesus Christ was able to love like this and overcame the world, it is an inspiration for all believers that we too can love the same by the grace and power of God through Christ in us. God’s love is the perfect model that all believers must follow for this kind of love brings heaven on earth.