What exactly is Loving Jesus?

I have discovered, not surprisingly, that many non believers accuse Christians for being hypocrites, intolerant, and manipulative.  These criticisms may or may not be true.  But what is true, I think, is the fact that Christians often fail to deliver and teach the main theme of what Jesus taught.  In my experience as a Church leader, I found that it is taught that we should love Jesus. That we should follow his commandments.  That we should accept his sacrifice on the cross.  That we should spread the Gospel.  But many times, these teachings are simply shallow.  What exactly are we teaching?  Simply believe that Jesus took our place and died for our sins on the cross?  That we should believe the miracles of Jesus and that we can still do them today?  That we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves?  Now, this last message is closer to what Jesus wanted us to do most of all.  In all four Gospels, Jesus strongly emphasized in the act of serving others, and treat them equally, without any self serving purpose.  In Mathews 5, Jesus introduced us to this central message in the Beatitudes.  He confirmed it with the way he treated others.  In the Gospel of John, He summarized by saying “One commandment I leave you, Love each other as I have loved you” and showed it when he washed his disciples feet, demonstrating how we should serve each others.  This is it, people!  Jesus wants us to love him by treating others with unconditional love.  You say you know this already?  My question is, do you live it?  Not simply do you believe in it, but do you actually experience the Kingdon of Heaven by serving others like you would serve yourself?  This is what Jesus wants us to do, and if we do, then we will surely Love him, and love God, and experience His Kingdom.  For loving God=loving Jesus=loving our neighbors.  Because loving ourselves alone = loving the things of this world = loving evil.  It is that simple.  Are we hypocrites, intolerant, and manipulative?  Yes we are, especially when we preach about loving Jesus, but turn our faces away from the homeless and the needy children.  Yes we are when we judge homosexuals and drug addicts instead of showing compassion and unconditional love.  Yes we are when we try to “convert” others to religion simply because we want more members in our churches and their money and to “bring a life to Christ” instead of simply providing genuine care and service expecting nothing in return except what God already promised.  Yes, we should be ashamed of ourselves if we don’t live the real love that Jesus taught us.

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

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