Jesus prayed that the Love of God which was in Him would also be in us, His children. Imagine that! However, apart from Christ, we would not even begin to have the capacity or ability to love anyone, even ourselves, with the love which comes from God!
25. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
John 17:25-26, King James Version
When you pray, have you ever noticed that, before you end your prayer, you often come back and repeat the thing that is most important to you? How did Jesus end this prayer?
He not only said that He declared the name of the Father, and will continue to do so, but He ended with love: That the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
How much does God love us? He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to come to this earth to die a cruel death to bring the lost to Him. How much does Jesus love us? He loved us so much, that even though He prayed, "Let this cup pass from me," He obeyed the will of God perfectly through His death on the cross.
How much do we love God? How much do we love Christ? How much do we love other believers? How much do we love the lost?
In essence, all four of those questions are really just one question. What did Christ command his disciples (and therefore us as well)? Quoting from the Deuteronomy 6, Jesus said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Let us pray that God would graciously grant us more love: more love for God, more love for Christ, more love for other believers, more love for our family and friends, and more love for the lost.
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