What does to Love Jesus mean?

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What is the meaning of loving Jesus?

To Love Jesus means developing a deep, personal relationship with Him that transcends mere admiration or respect. It involves fully embracing His teachings, striving to live according to His example, and seeking to understand His will in all aspects of life.

This love is characterized by faith, trust, and devotion, recognizing Jesus as both Savior and Lord. It includes believing in Him and having a relationship with Him, obeying His commandments, reflecting His character, and loving His children.

The Agape love (divine love) is the purest form of love (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 13). It is a divine principle of thought and action that transforms the character, rules the impulses, guides the affections (Luke 6:30). The act of loving Jesus is not built on emotion but on the will and deeds. Therefore, to love Jesus means the following: 

1-Love Jesus is to Believe in Him 

The Bible teaches that justification is gained through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9 also Acts 16:30-31; John 5:24). Faith accepts Christ’s blood as an atonement to one’s sins. Through the act of entrusting ourselves to Him that we are saved, not that faith is the way of our salvation, but simply the channel (Romans 4:3). Believers can rest in God’s love by faith (Psalm13:5; 40:4; 56: 3-4, Mark 11:24), have full peace (Isaiah 26: 3-4), and have no fear (1 John 4:18). 

2-Have a Daily Relationship with Him 

Justification is not mere impersonal modification of a man’s legal status before God. Faith in Christ means having a daily personal relationship with Him. Jesus explained, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John 15:4). To abide in Christ means that the believer must be in daily communion with Him and must live His life (Galatians 2:20). This happens through the study of Scriptures (Psalm 119:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17), prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and witnessing (Romans 10:9). 

3-Obey His Commands 

Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Love to God is shown by conformity to His will for this is the real proof of devotion (1 John 2:4, 5; John 14:15; 1 John 5:3). Disobedience is evidence of a lack of love (John 14:24). 

Jesus endorsed the moral commands given to ancient Israel (Matthew 5:17–19; Exodus 20:2-17). He gave commands of His own, such as the new commandment, love to God and man (John 13:34), as a summary to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17). Christ’s commandments are not to replace any of the moral commands, which reflected the character of the unchangeable God, but to show how their principles should be applied to the life of the believer, as seen in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). 

4-Reflect His Character 

God is not interested only in forgiving our past sins. He is mainly interested in restoring us to His holy image (Genesis 1:26,27) that we may reflect His character. And we can gain this transformation only through faith in the power of Christ (1 Peter 5:10). As we daily behold God through His Word (Romans 12:2; Colossians 3:10), we will reflect His character (2 Corinthians 3:18). Then, people will see our “good works, and glorify” the Father (Matthew 5:16). 

5-Love His Children 

To love the Lord is to care for His children (1 John 4:19; John 21:16). The Bible shows us the characteristics of love: it suffers long, is kind; does not envy; does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own… (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). In making the needs of others our responsibility, we reflect His divine character. Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). 

What does the Bible say about loving Jesus?

The Bible speaks extensively about loving Jesus, emphasizing it as a central aspect of Christian faith and practice. Here are some key points and verses:

Greatest Commandment:

Jesus emphasizes the importance of loving God with all one’s heart, soul, and mind, which includes loving Him as part of the Trinity. In Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus says:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment."

Obedience to His Commands:

Loving Jesus is closely linked with obeying His commandments. In John 14:15, Jesus states:

"If you love Me, keep My commandments." 

This indicates that true love for Him is demonstrated through obedience to His teachings.

Abiding in His Love:

Jesus speaks about the mutual love between Him and His followers, which involves abiding in His love. John 15:9-10 says:

"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love."

Loving Jesus Above All Else:

Jesus calls for a love that surpasses all other relationships and attachments. In Luke 14:26, He says:

"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." 

This hyperbolic language underscores the priority of loving Jesus above all.

Love as a Sign of True Discipleship:

The love for Jesus is also manifested in loving others. John 13:34-35 records Jesus’ new commandment:

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Promises to Those Who Love Him:

The Bible also promises blessings to those who love Jesus. In Romans 8:28, Paul writes:

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

The First Love:

The book of Revelation warns about losing the initial fervor of love for Jesus. Revelation 2:4-5 says:

"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent."

In essence, the Bible teaches that loving Jesus involves wholehearted devotion, obedience to His commands, prioritizing Him above all else, and demonstrating His love through our actions towards others. This love is not just an emotional feeling but a committed lifestyle that reflects Jesus’ teachings and character.

How to Obtain Agape Love? 

This divine quality does not come naturally to us. But it is “poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5 also Galatians 5:22). This experience takes place in the life of the believer, when he accepts Christ as personal Savior by faith (John 1:12). Then, God bestows the fruits of the Spirit, which are: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22-23).  

Conclusion

In summary, loving Jesus entails cultivating a profound, intimate connection with Him that goes beyond simple admiration or respect. It involves wholeheartedly accepting His teachings, endeavoring to live in accordance with His example, and earnestly seeking to comprehend His will in every facet of life.

This love is marked by unwavering faith, trust, and devotion, acknowledging Jesus as both Savior and Lord. It encompasses believing in Him and fostering a relationship with Him, adhering to His commandments, embodying His character, and showing love and compassion to others as His children. By doing so, we reflect His love in our daily actions, continuously grow in our spiritual journey, and align our lives with His divine purposes. This holistic approach to loving Jesus transforms our hearts and minds, guiding us to live a life of purpose, service, and profound joy in His presence.

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