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What Love Requires

Whenever Jesus spoke to His followers, He had a way of showing the stark contrast between law and grace. The law demands justice and equality: give and receive, borrow and pay. But, the grace that God demonstrated to us through Christ, which He continues to pour out onto us through His Spirit, insists that we walk further than our human nature desires or is capable of without His help.

Without His help, we can only live naturally: love the lovely, hurt those who hurt us. But, God does three remarkable things to help us accomplish more than we can on our own: 

1. He calls us to a love that requires something of us;

2. He demonstrates through Jesus how that can be done;

3. When we are saved, the Spirit continually equips us to follow Christ's example.

There's no such thing as equality in our relationship with God; He has done all the giving. Anything we give back to Him was His initial gift to us anyway. God knows that we must stay engaged with Him in order to tap into the gift of His grace if we're ever going to be able to love people the way He commanded. The Bible says, “He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35). This is entirely contrary to human nature. When we ask for His grace to live in the same way, God paints a picture on the walls of the world of His love for the broken. He reminds us of the great depth of love He extends to us—shattering every prideful notion that says love can be earned.


  • Would you describe your love towards others as conditional or unconditional?
  • What is one practical way to love someone who has hurt you?
  • One way we can love like Jesus is to stay connected with Him. What is one way you can stay connected with Jesus throughout your day?

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