This message is not original with me, but was given in part by Dr. David Gibbs. Think about Jesus humiliation and compare to people to do all kinds of things to attempt to show their humility, or to show love for one another.
The Bible does not say, “put up with one another,” but love one another. This kind of love is beyond our ability in the flesh. So, the question this is, “How did Jesus love?” Here are six characteristic of the love of Christ.
I. JESUS LOVED THEM IN TRUTH.
He loved them so much that He was honest with them. He did not play games with them. Jesus loved and told in truth. If you love you cannot help but tell the truth.
There is no way to love as Jesus did and be two-faced. Think about this: would you love a two-faced Saviour? Truth is truth no matter what. Jesus would not think of being different behind their backs. Sometimes we don’t want to hear truth. We are all guilty of that.
II. JESUS NOT ONLY LOVED THEM IN TRUTH, BUT ALSO IN GRACE.
It is totally non Christ-like not to be gracious. Jesus was grace and truth. We want to hit them over the head with truth. We say, “that’s just the way I am, or that is just my personality.”
No, we need to understand that it is sin. Being strong is not being ugly, unkind or dogmatic. Children need gracious not grumpy parents.