– Jack Hyles
Five Ways to Reflect Jesus’ Love on a Daily Basis
Jesus was very clear: If you truly love him, you have to love your brothers. There are no two ways about it. You can’t say that you love Jesus Christ and hate your brother. Jesus has already said that you’re a liar if you do that.
Love is a necessary part of a real relationship with Christ. This isn’t always easy because it is hard to love people who don’t love you back, or that we don’t know or trust.
The good news is that we don’t have to show our own love because really we have limited or none at all. Instead, we can choose to reflect God’s love for us. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are accepting his love for you. You can always choose to reflect it on or share it with others. Here are five simple ways to reflect God’s infinite love for you.
Pray for your enemies
It’s very easy to pray for people we like and care for but it can be very difficult to pray for good things to those that hate us. It may even seem pointless, but the reality is that Jesus said we must love our enemies.
Jesus isn’t saying love your enemies out of your own human capacity to love. It’s not going to happen because you don’t have that kind of love. Instead, what he is saying is: Reflect my love for you by loving your enemies. It’s only Jesus’ love that can love our enemies. It’s only Jesus love that can repay hate, anger, and violence with love, caring, and, compassion. When you pray for your enemies, you are reflecting Jesus’ love for you to the rest of the world.
Pray for all people you interact with in any given day
Another way you can reflect God’s love is to pray for all the people you have come across every single day. Even if you’re just going to go to Starbucks to work or to hang out and then you go home to have dinner, you probably have interacted with the baristas there or you’ve probably interacted with other customers there. Pray for those people regardless of whether you know their name.
This is a very powerful way of reflecting God’s love for you because we cannot monopolize God’s love. We cannot put it in a bottle. We cannot claim it for ourselves. It has to be free like a burning light for the entire world to see.
Smile when you don’t feel like smiling
It’s easy to just smile when you’re feeling happy or fulfilled. But it’s very hard to smile when you’re feeling stressed or when you’re worried about something.
However, you have to remember that when you smile at people, you reflect love and positivity. This is why smiling is a very effective way of reflecting Jesus’ love for you. What better proof than of Jesus’ overwhelming power than smiling when you don’t feel like smiling? I’m not of course talking about putting on an act or being a hypocrite. No, I’m talking about simply allowing God’s power to flow through you in the form of a smile.
Be eager to compliment others
Humans have a tendency to become black holes of attention and emotion. We think that the world revolves around us. It’s easy to fall into this type of thinking.
One of the most effective ways to short circuit this is to reflect God’s love for you by loving others back through sincere compliments. There is always something you can compliment people for. It can be as basic as appearances of something deep and profound. Regardless, there’s always something positive in other human beings. Make it a point to be more aware of others’ positive sides and let them know about it.
Continuously forgive others
When you forgive other people, you are basically putting yourself last. When you hold a grudge, you are essentially hanging on to a hurt. When you refuse to forgive, you are putting yourself first and you’re putting your need for vengeance, disappointment, and failures first. Unfortunately, this is not the path to healing. This is not the path to a sense of completion.
On the other hand, when you continuously forgive others, you are claiming God’s power because as fallen human beings, we don’t really have that innate power to continuously forgive. It is an exercise of faith. It is a practical act of claiming of God’s power in our lives so we are able to forgive.
You really cannot call yourself a Christian if you don’t have any love in your hearts. And the good news is that there are practical ways to reflect Jesus’ love on a daily basis. Keep these tips in mind as you seek to reflect God’s love every single day.