Read: John 15-16
Highlight: John 15:9-12
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain his love. I have told you this is so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this”: to lay down one’s life for one’ friends.
As I read these verses of Scripture, I think about how much love Jesus gave for us when he gave his human life. I think of that world, almost 2000 years ago, that Jesus lived in and tried to change for the better. I think of the world as it is now and how his message falls by the wayside so many times. God has given us a wonderful world that we don’t always appreciate. I am reminded of a little poem that I learned a long time ago:
“We mutter, we sputter,
We fume, we spurt,
We mumble and grumble,
Our feelings are hurt,
We can’t understand things,
Our vision grows dim,
When all we need is a moment with Him.
When we reflect in that moment, we know how much love Jesus gave and how willingly he gave his life for us. All he asks is that we love one another and follow the Golden Rule. Love can be described as so many things; kindness, generosity, sincerity, integrity, duty, caring, just to name a few. It was Jesus’ idea that we would be able to live with love in all the moments of our lives because of his sacrifice on the cross.
Thank you, dear God, for all your love. You loved me first and taught me to love. Forgive me when I forget to love others, and forget that you loved me enough to send Jesus. Today, Lord, help me consider the great cost of your love, and try again to live as you ask. Today, may I be filled with the joy of your love, and endeavor to share that love with those I meet. In Christ I pray, Amen.