Chapter 2: Love The Unlovable — From the new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)

Love Like Jesus -- Socialize with Sinners InfluenceToday’s post is from Part 2 — Words of Caution, Chapter 2 — Love The Unlovable of my new book Love Like Jesus

Last Saturday we posted Part 1, Chapter 1 — Imitating Jesus

Love Like Jesus is due to be published in 2018.

Love The Unlovable

And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:16-17)

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Imitating Jesus — From the new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)

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Today’s post is from chapter 1 of my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus). (In case you’re interested, last Saturday morning, we posted the introduction: “Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Book“) Love Like Jesus is due to be published in 2018. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful.

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The Terrible Thing (that’s easier than what we’re all trying to do instead)

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“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead.”

-C.S. Lewis

New Book For A New Year – Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)

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For a while now, most Saturdays here on God Running, we’ve been going through the book of John. And today we come to the part where Jesus says to us,

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

And then he goes on to say,

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

Does that describe you? Is that what you’re known for, by all people? For loving just as Jesus loved? For loving like Jesus? I asked myself that question a number of years ago and the answer was a resounding “No!” So I set out to learn how I might change that answer. The result was the book you’re about to read. (Kindle, hardback, and paperback versions of the full book are all scheduled to come out in 2018.)

Here’s the introduction.

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Book

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Like Me Or Like Jesus

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“When my wife and I were first married, she kept trying to make me like her. But she shouldn’t try to make me like her. And I shouldn’t try to make her like me. We both should try to make ourselves like Jesus.”

–Bob Goff

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You Have More In Common With Jesus Than You Might Think (Except for maybe Christmas)

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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

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Love Like Jesus: Forgiveness And Paralysis

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Here’s a chapter from the book I’m writing: Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (And How You Can Too). It’s coming soon.

And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home.

Matthew 9:2-7

How Jesus Loved People

Jesus loved the paralytic by forgiving him.

How to Love Like Jesus

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The Type Of Person Jesus Was Looking For (And the type of person you should look for too)

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Read John 13:31-33.

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People Who Betray Jesus

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The Original Betrayer

Jesus and his disciples are at his last supper where Jesus has just finished washing his disciples’ feet, including the feet of Judas. After the foot-washing, Jesus says that he’s just given an example of how we are to serve each other, and love each other. And then he says that if we understand him, and if we do what he wants us to do, we’ll be blessed. (see previous post from the book of John series, How The God Of The Universe Came To Serve)

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Can God Use A Sinner Like You (or like me)? Genesis 49:8-12

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From the archives:

Read Genesis 49:1-28

The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come, and the obedience of the nations shall be his. Genesis 49:10

A Sinner and Strays

I know a single mother who’s made mistakes, big mistakes. She battled drug and alcohol addiction for decades. She’s had multiple men in and out of her life. She struggled mightily at times as a single mother.

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