Jesus Loves You- Is the Feeling Mutual?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Signboard | 0 comments

The following message was posted on our signboard as we begin to prepare for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday:

JESUS LOVES YOU!

IS THE FEELING MUTUAL?

Jesus Loves You…

Chapel Cross-Bible _1102040852 Jesus loves you… we hear that so many times that it begins to sound kind of cliche, or trite.  Jesus- the Son of God- loves… ME?  Really???

The familiar Sunday School song says, “Jesus loves me, this I know.  For the Bible tells me so.”

How does the Bible tells us that Jesus loves us?  Here are a few places…

Hosea 14:4

“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. ” NIV

Now this is the LORD God Jehovah speaking about the Hebrews in the Old Testament, but in John 10:30 Jesus said, “I and the Father are One.”  Love is at the core of the fundamental nature of God and of Jesus.

John 15:9   “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you…”   NIV
John 11:33-36    When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.  “Where have you laid him?” he asked.  “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

Jesus wept.

Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  NIV

Matt 23:37   “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.”   NIV
1 John 4:9-10   This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.   NIV
1 John 3:1   How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  NIV

Mark 10:14-16   “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.   I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”    And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. NIV

Is the Feeling Mutual?

We humans have a hard time loving someone if they don’t love us back.  Of course with God (or Jesus- His divine Son), His love doesn’t depend on our love.  But how do we make the “feeling mutual”?  Or, how does the Holy Spirit guide us to respond to God’s unconditional love?  Here are some ideas…

Micah 6:8   He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. NIV
Matt 5:43-45   “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”  NIV
Mark 12:28-31    One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.   Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’   The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  NIV

John 14:23-24    “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.   He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. NIV
Ephesians 5:1-2    Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. NIV
John 21:15   When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”  NIV

Matt 25:40  “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ NIV

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We have all heard over and over that “God is Love.”  Even when we’re going through the storms of life and we doubt (see Mark 4:40), God’s character doesn’t change. God loves us (take a look at Psalm 22 or Isaiah 53!) and He wants us to love Him back.  He wants us to put away our sin and selfishness and replace them with a piece of His awesome love.  We love Jesus by loving others.

Jesus Loves you… is the feeling mutual???

 

 

 

 

 

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