True Love is action. No one showed the depths of true love more than our Lord Jesus Christ. He set the example for believers to show love to each other and to the world by what He did.
Have you ever spent time reflecting on the love of Christ? It’s fascinating to ponder how there is nothing in this world or not in this world that can ever separate us from His true love.
Now, meditate on the 6 visible ways Jesus showed true love during His earthly ministry on earth:
1. Jesus Healed The Sick in Love.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14).
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, there were no hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices. The threat of incurable illnesses due to infections, fevers, or food poisoning plagued both rich and poor. Jesus, the Great Physician, felt amazing love for those who were rendered helpless by disease; whereas, many of the religious leaders of the day considered the physically disabled as cursed by God.
2. Jesus Raised The Dead in Love.
“Jesus wept…once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance” (John 11:35, 38).
Thousands of people who were thought to be dead for a few short minutes have been resuscitated back to life through modern technology. In contrast, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after he was in the grave for 3 days! His love for Lazarus and his sisters was evident in His tears.
3. Jesus Fed The Hungry in Love.
“Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” (Matthew 15:32).
In one of the greatest miracles ever, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand people. These people weren’t mildly hungry—they’ve gone 3 days without food listening and taking in the precious words of Christ.
4. Jesus Preached The Kingdom in Love.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things” (Mark 6:34).
Although the disciples longed for Jesus to set up His kingdom to overcome the Romans—He had a much larger plan not just for the Jewish people, but for the world. Jesus’ love for the world compelled Him to preach the kingdom of God that was destined to grow in unimaginable numbers.
5. Jesus Cast Out Demons in Love.
“When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick” (Matthew 8:16).
Demon-possessed people in Jesus’ day and in this present age are often isolated. Most people don’t want the drama of dealing with evil spirits. The love of Jesus welcomed those tortured souls and gave them renewed life as well as freedom from spiritual bondage.
6. Jesus Gave His Life For The World in Love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Nothing that is worshipped today can stand up to what Jesus did—stepping down from the throne of heaven to live among sinful men. He gave His life so that not one person would have to spend eternity without God.
Some Reading Recommendations:
52 Weeks with Jesus: Fall in Love with the One Who Changed Everything by Harvest House Publishers.
Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Crossway.
Uncovering the Love of Jesus: A Lent Devotional by Moody Publishers.