Posted by: Brian Musser | February 20, 2013

Being Like Christ Is about Love

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 4 Discipleship (Day 26)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?

As we continue to develop our daily conversation with God we are going to spend this week talking about becoming more like Christ.  The “C” in PEACE is fro the Challenge to be like Christ.  Becoming like Christ is process mediated by the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.  As we open ourselves up to the God’s work in our lives and the Holy Spirit gains more and more access to the whole of who we are, we change.  We become more like Christ.  A daily part of our process should be evaluating where we are as it come to our “Christ-like-ness.”  How are you doing?  what specific part of you are you trying to change to look more like Him?  Over the next seven days we are going to look at Christ, what it means to be “Christ-like,” look at specific things that need to change in us and focus our prayers around those changes.

John 13:35 (NIV) 

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

1 Corinthians 13:4- 8 (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.

Often Christ strongly encourages us to love one another.  Our love for one another is a sign of our commitment to Christ.  Our discipleship process should result in our becoming more like Christ as we become more loving toward one another.  That may beg the question, “What is Love?”  In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul defines what a Christian means when they say the word love.  Often this passage has been used to describe romantic love but within context it is actually describing the love all Christians should have for one another.  Look over the various descriptors of love, which part of it do you need to work on the most?  As you think about the change you have been asking God to help you with throughout the last couple days, can it be related to how you are supposed to loving toward your fellow Christians?

Watch the following YouTube video.  Sing along if you want to but use the words of the song either vocally or mentally to think about the fact that love defined by God is being willing to die for our enemies.  This song is a little bit harder than most would consider using for “worship” but I hope you don’t mind.

After reading the verses and watching the video remember Christ’s Sacrifice as you approach the Lord in prayer.

  1. Praise God for who He is.
  2. Ask God to forgive us of our sins.
  3. Ask God to help you in a specific area to become more like Christ.
  4. Ask God to bless others.
  5. Thank Christ for the sacrifice He made for us.

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