8 uThough you have not seen him, you love him. vThough you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
Our love for Jesus isn’t based on anything that we can physically see, because, of course, we haven’t seen Him. It is based on our spiritual relationship with Him and what we have learned through the study of Scripture about Jesus. In Romans it says that the Spirit has poured out God’s love into our hearts, and we, Christians, return that love to Him. We actually experience Christ Jesus in our lives. The Spirit, that lives inside of us shows us that love, and if we allow it, makes it an intricate part of our daily lives. The love that we have and demonstrate for Christ (because you don’t truly love without demonstration of that love) is what allows us to heal and hang on through trials instead of being hurt and either not realizing that you’re hurt or knowing it and not caring to get to a hospital. This love that God has for us CAUSES us to surrender FULLY to Him and to obey the Word; to make it the ONE guide for our lives as we live them. We love Him simply because He first loved us”
This begs the question though; Do you love Him? Does your life show that you love Jesus? If the actions throughout your daily life do not show that you love Him then you don’t. At least not enough. Do you understand why it is that we are so in love with Jesus and why we “rejoice with joy that is inexpressible”?
We are fallen. We are horrible people. We kill one another. We cheat on everything from our OWED taxes to our wives. OUR WIVES! We are regularly double-minded and two-faced in our actions toward one another. We pretend to be Godly and go to church, so people don’t question the massive amounts of sin and yuck that is built up in our lives. We SEEK out ways to sin and get by with it in our minds. We deceive our families and friends into thinking that we’re great. We somehow justify in our minds that we are great, “follow me”. We tell Jesus on Sunday that we love Him and then spend six days wallowing in filth and sin and dirty jokes and lust and love of money and anger and neglect.
And Jesus came down knowing this and all other sins that you and I would commit. He came down to this world. Jesus knew that our punishment for being so bad and ridiculous was indeed DEATH. He knew that we would spend all eternity in Hell (which is NOT a high school party by the way). He knew that we would turn our back on Him many times. He knew that we would cheat, lie, steal, kill, and seek sin. HE KNEW ALL OF THIS AND CHOSE TO TAKE YOUR PLACE IN DEATH! He chose the most horrific death ever devised by mankind, SO THAT you and I could be with Him and learn to love, believe, and rejoice with and in Him.
As you go through the rest of your week, think about this. Ask yourself, “Are my actions showing my love for Jesus?” Do you really love Him? Do you love Him? Do you love Jesus?
Answer as Peter did earlier in His life. “Lord, you know I love you”. “Then feed my sheep, Peter.”
Love Jesus with your actions this week.