I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” vs. 34John 13:31-35
It’s back to basics today. Jesus was leaving the disciples and he knew they would miss him–he wouldn’t be teaching or guiding them any longer, and they would struggle to know what to do. So he makes his final instruction as plain as he possibly could and his words have echoed through the centuries. “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” This is it folks! This is all we need to know to live full, joyful, and productive lives in this world. There’s no secret, no special handshakes or rituals, no particular theology to adopt! We have one commandment–and that’s it! So why is life so hard? There’s only one answer–too many are unwilling to do the one thing Jesus asks them to do. It really is a shame! Because some people have dared to try! They have loved everyone who comes into their lives with self-giving sacrificial love, the same style of love Jesus demonstrated while he was with us in the flesh. And the results have been astounding! Circles of caring have followed these folks all the days of their lives and they have known intense joy and peace. Oh what blessings come our way when we dare to be obedient to the love commandment! It’s like heaven on earth–actually, it is heaven on earth!
Thought for the Day: What keeps me from loving like Jesus loved?