“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . .And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
(excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13)
The quality of our life on earth is directly proportional to our relationship with Jesus Christ. Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace.
The closer we follow Jesus, the better we treat others. We are kinder. We are sweeter. We are more patient. We are slower to anger and quicker to forgive. We are more generous.
Why does a close relationship with Jesus improve our lives? We tend to try to act like those we admire. Jesus Christ is the most admirable man we will ever know of. Only Jesus lived a sin-free life. No one else comes close. He lived out all the qualities a perfect human could live. He gave love without conditions. He served others expecting nothing in return. Being God in human form, He knew all the ways we should live and behave to create the best possible life on earth. The more we emulate Jesus, the better humans we will be and the higher quality of life we will enjoy.
How does trying to behave more like Jesus make our lives better? We will be less envious of others. We will be less jealous. We will realize that this life on earth is temporary, and with Jesus as our Savior we are destined for eternal life in paradise. We will stop holding grudges and stop trying to get even with those who we feel have wronged us. We will see the good in others rather than finding fault and condemning them. By doing these things our relationships will improve.
Men will aspire to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Women will try harder to respect and honor their husbands. We will be better parents and raise our children in the ways of the Lord. We will be better neighbors and learn to love others as ourselves. We will turn the other cheek and go the extra mile.
The more we know Jesus and the more we try to behave as He taught us to, the better we will feel about ourselves. We will feel more confident without feeling prideful. We will not have our feelings hurt as easily. We will see ourselves as brothers and sisters. We will realize that we are one big family with all fellow followers of Christ, on a journey to the same destination. We will see how much we need each other and how important we are to each other.
Put all these reasons together, and it becomes clear that the closer we get to Jesus and the more we try to follow His leadership the better all our lives will be. Jesus wants us to enjoy our lives to the fullest: sharing, caring, loving, helping and praying for each other. That is what He does, and that is what we should do.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
(1 John 4:16)
Dr. Sam Smith,