How the Lord Jesus Loves Me

In a few hours, the local church that I belong to will celebrate its 10th anniversary, during which I and a couple of other elders will each give a short talk on the theme “Loving one another” from 1 John 3:11b.

I remember that the Lord Jesus said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other” (John 13:34), and “Love each other in the same way I have loved you” (John 15:12).

I asked myself and the Lord a while ago: “How has the Lord loved me?” Interestingly, this seems to be the first time I asked this question, though in the past, I used to ask a related question (“Lord, do you love me?”). Not surprisingly, the answers all came from the contextual passages of John 15:12.

(As you read this, you might want to listen with me to the song, “Amazed” from Ross Parsley’s album I Am Free. Just click on the Play button below.)

How the Lord Jesus Loves Me

1.   My Lord Jesus chose me.

 “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit.” (John 15:16)

 “The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life” (John 4:36)

2.   He gave his life for me, and set me in his family, where I am loved.

 “There is not greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” (John 15:13)

 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)

“To all who believed him and accepted him he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

 “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:33, 35)

 “Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

 3.   He lives in me and will never leave me.

 “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” (John 14:23)

 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit.” (John 14:16)

 4.   He teaches me.

 “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative — that is, the Holy Spirit — he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 15:26)

 5.   He corrects me and transforms me.

 “I am the true grapevine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t bear fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” (John 15:1-2)

 “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

 “And the Lord — who is the Spirit — makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image!” (2 Corinthians 3:18b)

 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

 6.   My Lord Jesus protects me and provides for me.

 “Holy Father, you have given me your name. Protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.” (John 17:11b)

 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep… My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.” (John 10:11, 27-28)

 “The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life” (John 4:36)

 7.   He gives me peace.

 “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace that I give is a gift the world cannot give.” (John 14:27)

 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

“May [I] have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep God’s love is.

 May [I] experience [daily and more fully] the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.

 Then [I] will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God!” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

 In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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