Since I began writing this blog, I don’t think that I have been very clear with my reasoning behind starting it. Put simply, it was a class requirement. When I entered into my bible 323 Gospel of John Class, I was informed that all of the students would be required to periodically write up a blog post about something in the fourth Gospel.  As anyone who has read my blog can see, that is exactly what I have done. The reason I bring this up is because with being my sixth post, I will be the last post that I am required to write for this class. Where I will take the blog from here, I don’t know. I may continue to write every week or two, or I may just end it all together. But as of right now, I’m simply not sure. However, with this possibly being my last post ever, I want to leave you with something that is quite possibly the single most important thing that a Christian can learn to do. As cliché as it may sound, that thing is to love each and every person just as God loves you.
When people hear this phrase today, they often take it with a grain of salt. People have heard this phrase so much, that it no longer means anything to anyone anymore. In today’s world, we rarely see anyone living in a manner that even remotely resembles what this phrase implicates. We live in a world that is full of hate and selfishness. We live in a world that doesn’t know what it is really like to love someone. People may understand romantic love to an extent, but what does it look like to love your fellow man. What does it look like to love a stranger, or to love the person that seems like they deserve love the least? What does it look like to love these people with the same kind of unconditional love that God has for each and every person? Given that we live in a world that seems to be so void of any true form of love, where is one to look for a true example of what it is to have love as strong as this? I’m going to be honest, I think that anyone is going to be hard-pressed to find a person that fully loves the way that God has called us to love. It really shouldn’t be this way, but unfortunately, that is the curse of the world that we live in. However, we have been given the best example of how to love like God, by none other than God himself through his son Jesus Christ.
True love looks like God coming down from his high position in heaven to become something as lowly as one of us.  True love looks like living a perfect life, ministering to an ungrateful people who would eventually reject and persecute you. True love looks like a man being beaten and mocked for the sake of a people who would rather save a thief, than the man who would eventually save them . True love looks like a man being raised up on a cross, to die for the sins of the world that hates even the sound of his name. True love looks like a man offering the free gift of eternal life to an undeserving people. True love is doing all of this in spite of what the people do in return.  Love is not something that is contingent on the actions of the person you are trying to love. If Jesus would have taken our character and actions into account first, how could he have ever loved us? God loved us in spite of our faults, and as we have seen, came to save us from the very thing that made us the least loveable. We are called to love like this. To love like God is to love people in a way that does not rely on the other person. We are called to love them however they are. We are called to love those who seem like they deserve love the least. I can assure you that not one single person deserves the love that God has shown for each and every one of us, yet he extends it to us anyway. We are called to act in this same manner. If begin to show the world the love that God has shown us, amazing things will happen. By genuinely loving our fellow man, we bring the truth of Christ to each and every person. In the end, all we need is love.

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