Today’s Reading: John 15:12-13; 1 Peter 4:8-10; SOAP: John 15:13
Jesus takes love seriously, to the point that He gave a commandment concerning the issue. He not only tells the believers to love each other but he explains how they are to love each other – namely, the same way He has loved us. Just in case the people had forgotten or were not really alert – He went on to give them an example of the greatest love –> He compared it to laying down your life for your friends. Jesus isn’t telling us we have to literally die for our friends like He did – but rather that we have to give of ourselves – it’s more that saying the words, it’s acts of kindness and of grace … it’s forgiveness and compassion … it’s laying down my agenda for yours – it’s praying and hands on help … even when these things don’t always come easy or seem desirable.
There’s one thing for sure – we can never out love Jesus or God! But we can and should seek to love other just as Christ loved the church.
Father – thank You for Jesus. Jesus, thank you for laying down your life for us – Your friends. Thank you for showing us what real love is – the giving of self.
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