12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
If we love like Jesus, we must live like Jesus. Love is a verb, an action. Love may begin with a feeling or desire, but if it doesn’t move us to action, it soon grows cold and changes little, if anything.
Jesus was clear about love, “...lay down your life….” For Jesus, this meant crucifixion. One crucifixion was enough, but giving our lives for others is for every follower of Christ.
When confronted with sickness, death and ignorance, Jesus didn’t simply say, “I’m sorry, here’s a gift card for a meal.” Or he did say “Bless you,” but he ACTED. Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, shared the truth, fed the hungry and confronted evil. He gave himself to meet physical needs and heart needs.
To love like Jesus is to behave like Jesus. How are we going to act today when confronted with disappointment? Will we lash out at other drivers, salespeople, family? Just fill in the blank. Or will we love like Jesus and behave like Jesus, forgiving empathizing, moving over and letting someone else go first?
Dear God, Jesus has laid down his life for me. May I love like Jesus, laying my wants and needs aside for others, offering grace, not judgment, and kindness, not anger. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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