Have You Loved to the End?


“36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” We are commanded to love God first then our neighbor as Matthew 22;36-40 tells us.

Have You Loved to the End? I am sure that I can say no to that answer. The only ones who come close to loving to the end are real mothers. Their love most resembles Christ. Well, at least, I can say that about my mother. Mothers don’t stop. They pursue you when you don’t want to be pursued. When they tell you things, you know they are right even though you don’t want to hear it. Despite the depth of a mother’s love, it does not come close to how God loves. His love is so high that He sent Jesus to demonstrate it.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.” Luke 6:31-33 We get hurt, and we pull back. We know folks are up to no good, and we pull back. We pull back from loving people when they don’t love us, but Jesus is a different story. He loved them to the end.

John 13

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Jesus knew that the day would come. He knew that He entered the world to die for the sins of man. He knew that His death, burial, resurrection and ascension would bring freedom and salvation for man. He chose to focus on God’s outcome and not the circumstance. Picture this. You invite your closest friends out for dinner. You are footing the bill. You know that one there will betray you within hours. You know there is another who will deny being your friend or ever walking with you while others will fade to the background as a movie scene fades to black when it is over. That’s what Jesus knew when He went to have the Last Supper with the disciples. More than anything else, Jesus knew that He would experience the greatest pain ever. No, not the beating and degrading comments. He knew that He would be separated from God. For the first time in eternity, Jesus would not be with the Father. We cannot fathom this. We can only peer into what it would be like to be separated from the one whom we care the most about. That still does no justice to what Christ endured for us.

Have You Loved to the End? God is calling us to love Him to the end. He is calling us to focus on the Provider not the problem. God wants our hearts and minds to be consumed with following Him. He wants us. Are we willing to die for God? For most of us, God has not required that we give our physical lives. Pray for the persecuted church as they are required to give life or limb for Jesus. God has required us to sacrifice for Him. He has called us to love to the end, to love those who hurt us and persecute us. Let me remind us of what God has said. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.” Luke 6:31-33 Loving to the End means that we forsake protecting ourselves, but we give ourselves away in confidence that God will lift us up just as He lifted Jesus up. 

God has loved us to the end. The question is Have You Loved to the End? 

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