We are going to do a ladies coffee activity at our church in a little over than a week. I had the task of coming up with a devotional that could be done at tables. Instead of having one main speaker, we are going to have a hostess for each table that directs a scripted devotional that will end with everyone making a card that can be taken and given to someone.
Our theme is ” Brewed in Friendship, Steeped in Love.” I wanted to have seven Bible references as there will be seven ladies sitting at each table. So I started out with a reference about Jesus being our friend and loving us as that goes with our theme.
The second and third verse was how Jesus says we are His friend when we obey His commands and He commands us to love one another. I then posed the question, “How did Jesus love others?” He is our great example of how to love, so we should follow His example when we love others.
We will talk about 3 ways Jesus loved while He was here on earth:
He loved us sacrificially; we should love others also sacrificially.
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
There is sometimes a cost to loving others — we lose time and resources. Sometimes we love others and get hurt by them. Yet, He loved us sacrificially — He left heaven and died for us. Sometimes when we love others, we will have to love sacrificially.
He loved indiscriminately; so also should we show love to all.
He went to the poor, the outcasts, the heathen, those rejected by the religious elite, the sinners. If we are to love as He did, we cannot love just those who look like us — we must reach out to everyone. After going to Zacchaeus’s house, he said in Luke 19:10:
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
The greatest way we can love others is to introduce them to our Savior. If we help them externally, but they never get helped internally, then they are eternally lost. Our goal should be to always be to show them the Savior who is calling the sinners to repentance.
He loved compassionately; we also must show compassion.
He noticed the needs of others and he met those needs.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. Matthew 14:14
Here he healed the sick, and then He fed 5,000 men and women and children. Meeting others needs is a way to show them Christ’s love. People see Jesus in us when they see our compassion. Our acts of mercy are a bridge to the Savior. We can be compassionate because He had compassion on us.
There are so many ways that Jesus loved. What a great example we have!
Next week, I will share my script and printables that I made for the verses. Go out and show the love of Christ to others this week!
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