Podcast Transcript: Do I Love Others Well?
Do I Love Others Well? Thanks for joining the Need-Hope.com podcast. In this episode, we will hear God’s Word on what loving others well looks like. You can listen to this podcast episode by clicking: Do I Love Others Well?
Welcome My Friend to the Need-Hope.com podcast where we look to Jesus and look to God’s Word for guaranteed Hope.
I’m Chris Gray. And I’m so glad you’re here.
In a moment, we will hear God’s word on what loving others well looks like. Stay tuned.
Please Heavenly Father, teach us Your truths and enable us to put these truths to practice by the power of the Holy Spirit. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:32-36
As our passage says, it is super easy to love someone who gives us gifts and is quick to lend us a helping hand. And their loving actions motivate us to pay them back with giving them gifts and lending them a helping hand. Even those who reject Jesus live this same way. But those who love Jesus are enabled to love people who don’t treat us special or give us gifts or lend us a helping hand. You may ask how is it possible to love someone who doesn’t care about me? Or why would I even want to treat those people with acts of kindness, when they don’t do nice things for me? Our answer is found in God’s love. While we were living a life focused on pleasing ourselves and not God, God loved us first. He opened our spiritual eyes to see our need to repent and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Lord has put His sacrificial love in our hearts. He is sending us out on a love mission on His behalf, not on our own behalf. Why? For the glory of God, to make Jesus known through our loving actions and words.
Friend, let me ask…do you shut people out of your life that you don’t like? Do you ignore people who can’t do anything for you? These unloving thoughts reveal our sin nature. On our own, we cannot love people who don’t make us feel good about ourselves. Why? Because we are all born with a self-focused, self-righteous sin nature. And maybe you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of always feeling irritable and angry because people just don’t act the way you want them to. You just don’t want to be controlled by these feelings anymore. But what can you do about it? Dear Friend, Actually, it’s impossible for us to love everyone without this new life God offers. You see, this self-focused life we are all born with wants to be in charge of what is right and wrong totally ignoring what God says is right and wrong. This is rebellion against God. This rebellious life can’t know true love or lasting peace and even worse deserves God’s wrath in hell. But, we thank God that The Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, delivers those who turn away from their rebellious self-ruled life and put their faith in Him. He died taking the judgment we deserve and then rose from the grave. His death allows us to be forgiven and enjoy a new life in a loving relationship with God now and forever in heaven.
I hope you won’t reject God’s love. Will you turn to Jesus today? Will you commit your life to Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If you want more information on how to have a relationship with Jesus, watch the 6-minute video at Need-Hope.com under “Hope Starts Here”.
Thanks for joining me. Until next time, Look to Jesus and look to God’s Word for guaranteed hope.
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