Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’” vs. 23John 14:23-24
It’s obvious from the gospel of John that loving Jesus is synonymous with loving others in the same way that he poured out his sacrificial love on us. Most of us have discovered, however, that his commandment is easier said than done. We tend to have the darndest time conjuring up the will to love the jerks we encounter in daily living. So how can that actually happen? The key is found in the love of God for us. We simply don’t have the reserves built up in our hearts to sustain self-giving love. But as we surrender to the love of God, as we humbly relax into it and allow ourselves to be loved, our hearts are filled and we are transformed. It’s almost magical as it occurs, and certainly miraculous. Again the process is not easy. Some are so filled with shame and self-loathing that they think themselves unworthy of love. Others have giant egos and believe themselves capable of doing everything. They even think that they can love without humbling themselves! And what a joke that is! But when we trust that the Universe is crafted and sustained by love, and know that we are loved deeply and completely just as we are, love can percolate up from the depths of our hearts and actually be seen and experienced by others. And it happens every day!
Thought for the Day: How’s my loving going?