“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:12-13
As I read this passage I began to shed tears. 😢
Not because others don’t love one another as God has commanded them to (which is 😞 sadly true), but, because I have not loved others as God has commanded me to 💔.
So often we get on our soapbox and start calling out others for how they don’t love one another and how they need to come to Christ, all while we walk in sin just as much as them. If not even worse.
I remember reading about Jonah and how he fled from the presence of God 😯 (so he thought) to avoid bringing a message of repentance to Nineveh, get this because he felt they did not deserve God.
Yet when he finally went they repented.
Somehow we do the same. We think we are better than others!
How about Big James and John when they tried calling down 🔥 🔥 from heaven to destroy a people because they felt they deserved to die. Sounds familiar?
To this day we walk around claiming to believe in the one and only true God, yet we hate people, we wish death on people, we say things about other human beings that are unkind because they are living in sin that we deem worse than ours and so we cry out how unworthy they are!
Like we are any better? Not one bit.
Scripture tells us “for we are all sinners. None of us are good.”
As I read this passage I realized that I have much to learn about Christ’s love.
He commands US all to love as He loves us!
He did not say love them when they do good things for you. Or to love them when they deserve the love. He said love them as I have loved you.
Scripture tells us in a very popular verse “for God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only begotten Son.” God the Father gave His Son Jesus Christ, not because you are awesome and deserve it but in spite of your sinful life. God the Father sent Christ because He is good.
So when God commands us to love as He loves us, it’s not a simple “I love you”, but a sacrificial, I’ll give my life for you, suffer for you type of love. A love that says I forgive you even when you meant evil against me. That is love. That is Agape love!
How are you loving those God has placed in your life?
In His Grace,