Jesus Loves You!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 13:34:
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

The word new is an enlightening word, it not only means brand new but also new in the sense of exchanging and replacing that which came before, and what came before were hundreds and hundreds of Old Testament laws and commandments.

We (as well as they in Old Testament times) could not love as Jesus loved until he came and first demonstrated his love (in the first century); this is why when Jesus spoke the verse above ― this was new and different from what was written in the Old Testament. But now Jesus gave us a new commandment that would fulfill hundreds of Old Testament laws and commandments, and one only needs to exchange the old for the new to enjoy the newness that Jesus gave. Yes, to love God (Deuteronomy 6:5), and your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18) is written in the Old Testament, but Jesus gave us the epitome of primo love with which to reach out and it is exciting to love as he loves ― you!

Jesus said, A new commandment I give unto you.

Jesus gave ― so we could know his utmost love for us!

Jesus gave ― so we could receive and presently enjoy his love for us!

Jesus gave ― so we could then experience his love for us by loving one another as I have loved you!

Jesus demonstrated this new commandment by loving people, including you and me. When we practice loving others, our neighbors, as Jesus loves us, then a whole new dimension of love’s potential and reward opens up to us because when we are loving others with the love of Christ, we will come to know and experience “the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19) in our lives.

When we accept Jesus’ love and then love one another with his love, we will effortlessly begin walking in the true splendor of the love of our Savior, and we will recognize that there is no law and no commandment that we can break, which is the true exquisiteness of his love. Take for instance the phrase, “Thou shalt not kill,” when this new love – Jesus’ love, is received and applied in our lives – then it becomes totally impossible to break this (or any other) Old Testament law as Romans 13:10 reveals, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

When we utilize Jesus’ love, we then will be fulfilling all of the laws and commandments without compulsion.

So today, I encourage you to allow the abundance of Jesus’ love for you – into your heart – for then you will have his love that is essential to appreciating and thoroughly enjoying Jesus’ love for you.

John 15:9 and 12:
-9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
-12: This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Romans 13:8:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Giving in Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I wanted to share a little with you about giving with the heart of love, whether it is to your local Church (where your spiritual needs are being met), or if you are so inspired to give to a religious organization or a worthy cause. Giving for the Christian believer is first and foremost meant to build a special union between you (as an individual) and God (as your sufficiency), and is the beginning of a love-based relationship built on trust with the Creator.

God always looks at your heart (I Samuel 16:17), and He is thrilled when the heart of giving is inspired from an overall understanding of His healing Word and will.

Giving is a spiritual principle that enables the giver to receive. Many non-Christian people have used the universal principle of giving and receiving, and because the power in giving always works when applied — anyone can receive. However, only the Christian believer partners with the creator of the principle. Giving and receiving are part of the natural flow of life, and God as our Father can inspire us in love to further benefit our lives and the lives of those our gifts touch.

Today in God’s grace, each believer is encouraged to give out of having a spiritual mindset and inner heart’s desire to do so, but again I would like to remind you that giving is not a commandment but a free will offering. God will always love you regardless of whether or not you give, because God’s love to you is completely unconditional.

As giving is always between you and God, receiving is always between God and you, for He gives you free access to the throne of His grace to help you in time of need (Hebrews 4:16, Romans 5:1-2).

II Corinthians 8:12:
For if there be first a willing mind {in regards to giving} it is accepted {by God} according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

Over time, the following phrases heard – either spoken out loud or to ourselves, can strip us of the heart’s inner joys in giving with a willing mind, “you have to give” or “you must give” or “you need to give.” We were bought with a price; all debts are completely paid for by the life and blood of Jesus himself (I Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). We now eternally belong to God because of the completed work of our Savior that was initially for us, and now that we are saved the completed work of Christ is eternally in us (Colossians 1:27).

Romans 13:8:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled {all} the law.

According to the Bible, we owe only one thing and that is love. God’s Word encourages us to love one another. We currently belong to God and have His love in our hearts (Romans 5:5).

Giving God’s love is the greatest way to return our thanks to God in thankfulness for our eternal life, and in thankfulness for all that our Savior did for us. Giving can become a tremendous blessing that enhances our spiritual quality of life, for giving gives to men and women a supernatural inlet and an outlet of tangible proofs that God is truly our sufficiency (II Corinthians 3:5).

Within the framework of love, God Himself can show us how to give of our time, and of our resources and talents, and give out of our abundance, and this indeed will give the greatest effect in places of need.

Giving from the heart of God’s love will always be a blessing, and because free will giving is within the spiritual boundaries of God’s love, the rewards will be freely returned in super abundance, and we will know that we are truly blessed of our Creator.