Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Full reading – John 15:1-27
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.
Reflection: Is it a humbling feeling to know that Jesus chose you to bear fruit for him?
How special it is to be chosen! Remember when the important ‘big shot CAPTAINS’ of the two playground teams chose YOU to play for them? Remember how special you felt? Here, Jesus is speaking to his apostles who he chose to do a particular task: as disciples who Jesus deemed friends, they were asked to be a change agent in the lives of others. Jesus commands us to love one another with the same love that GOD has for us! This love which Jesus commands is that same love of God that we are to have for one another.
God gave His Son to die for us. In doing so, God showed love that was giving, unselfish and sacrificial for the highest good of another. People will see God through us. That kind of love Jesus wants us to show one another is “the fruit of the spirit”. He want us to be channels for His love. God gave us the indwelling Holy Spirit. I can love others because God has put His wonderful love in me.
Dear Heavenly Father, You have asked us to love one another, for love comes from You. Anyone who loves is Your child and knows You. You have shown how much You loved us by sending Your one and only Son, Jesus, into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love – not that we loved You, but You loved us and sent Your Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Thank You, Jesus, for giving Your life for ours. We were not worthy, yet, You made us worthy to love and know You. Thank You! Today, we confess that we will love You with all of our hearts, souls, strength and minds, and we will love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Amen