Mt. 5:48 π Mk. 12:30 π 2 Cor. 4:5 π Eph. 3:19 π Col. 1:26-27
There is only one Being who loves perfectly, and that is God. However, the New Testament distinctly states that we are to love as God does. “You therefore be perfect as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” ( Mt. 5:48 ) If we are going to have perfect love in our hearts, we must have the very nature of God in us. The trite phrase, “Well, no one is perfect,” is a cop-out used by Christians to protect their self-life from dying, thereby blocking the access God needs to burn out the flesh, until only the pure spirit of unconditional love is evident. We specialize in searching the Scriptures for promises that will bless us, but bypass those Scriptures that ask us to surrender to the source of perfect love. The admonition “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart” ( Mk. 12:30; top ) is confused as a shallow concern for sentiment toward God. To Jesus, His love for God meant the most intense, self-sacrificing, all-consuming love, of which only God Himself was capable of showing. Which meant a life identically immersed in the incomprehensible love of the Father. Some say this would eliminate our personality. Jesus and the Father emancipated the human personality, and this makes human individuality supreme; the possibility of our total identity with Jesus shows you cannot have identity without individuality.
Then we have a personality free from the right to ourselves, but a “oneness” with Jesus. Then we are in a condition to grow into His same image.
We make the mistake of imagining that service for others springs from love for others. However, it is the supreme love for Jesus that motivates us to extend His hand of love to others. “Ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake” ( 2 Cor. 4:5; top ): that means we identify ourselves with God’s total dedication to all people. He broke the life of His own Son to redeem us and now wants to use our lives as a living sacrifice of broken bread and poured out win to nourish others.
A person totally identified with Jesus now finds the Holy Spirit opening up the whole revelation of the Old and New Testaments, “even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations but is now made manifest in His saints…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory!” ( Col. 1:26-27; top )
Then the compassion, mercy and tenderness in the depth of the Father and the Son is manifest through us “to know the Love of Christ which passes knowledge that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” ( Eph. 3:19; top )
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