Friday, March 8, 2019
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
Loving one another is easy to say but can be hard to do. The phrase “love one another” sounds truly spiritual rolling off of our lips but can get very gritty when we put it into practice. This is especially true when Jesus includes, “As I have loved you.” How can we love others as Jesus loved us? Jesus showed His love by healing people in their infirmities, leading His flock like a good shepherd, pointing the way to the Father, and ultimately dying on the cross for our sins and coming to life again to show His power over death. To love like that is a daunting thought and seems impossible. Yet, John told us we “ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” as Jesus did for us (1 John 3:16).
So where can we begin? How about with those God has put around us? Did you wake up with a spouse or family today? Think about them first and thank God for putting them into your life. What about those people at your job or school? Do you know of someone who is going through a tough time? Bring your concern for them to the Father in prayer. What about someone you meet randomly on your daily errands? Just a kind word or even a smile can be of help to someones day. A prayer for a stranger may be a calling for you today. We can all agree that loving one another is a good idea. Actually, make it your goal today to put this idea into practice.
~by Brian Arbeiter