Can You Imagine A Love Like This?
In John’s gospel we read some challenging words which Jesus spoke directly to people who wanted to follow Him and be His disciples. These words aren’t only meant for the original audience of Jesus, but that are meant for you and for me as well.
Jesus said that we are to “Love one another” (John 13:34). Now some of you might be thinking that’s not so bad. I already do that. I’m good person, I treat others decently, and I don’t really talk bad about people too often. So yeah, I think I got this love thing down. I’m good!
But not so fast; Jesus elaborates on this and says these challenging words, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). Now things are a little uncomfortable, aren’t they? Because the way that Jesus loves you is and the example He set for us is a love that is void of self. It’s a love that is self-sacrificial and self-giving. You see friends; the way that we are supposed to love another is with a selfless love. The love we are to have is a unique quality of love inspired by Jesus’ own love for His disciples, His love for you and His love for me.
How is that going for your? Do you still think you have this love thing figured out? Do you still think that you are doing a good job with loving one another? You see, Jesus doesn’t want us to just follow Him or profess a belief in Him; He wants us to do something way more difficult than that. He wants us to love one another, to love those around us (even the difficult people) the way that He loved those around him and the way that He loves you and me.
Imagine what would happen if you did that? Imagine what your communities would look like, what your work place would look like, what the market place would look like, what your church would look like, and what your families would look like if we just get this one teaching of Jesus right. What would it look like if we love one another the way Jesus loved?
So, this week, I want to challenge you to love. Think of one person in your life that is difficult to love and to the best of your ability become a crazy lover of that person. What would that look like? How would it affect that person? How would it affect you and change your world if you made that choice to love the way Jesus loves you? This week let your life be defined by a selfless, unconditional, generous, compassionate kind of love.