My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
This is my command: Love each other.
John 15: 12-17
These words of Scripture are very reassuring- reminding us of God’s ever present love toward us. In John 15, especially in verses 12-17, I see God’s incredible plan being spoken clearly by Jesus. He is saying that the plan of the God of the universe is that we love one another just like we love Him, and that such is the essence of life and of pleasing Him. Can one even imagine the magnitude of this plan? That we can please God by loving others? That He only wants our peace and justice toward each other to please Him? That He calls us “friend”? Incredible! Right up there with the Incarnation which made it all possible.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
If we are not living this out every day, at least to some degree, can we really call ourselves followers of Jesus? We look for opportunities to show the love of God to others. In so doing, we fulfill the requirements that Jesus set forth for his followers.
Mike Slaughter, in some past sermons at Ginghamsburg Church, discussed the importance of our 5 daily disciplines as Christians.
The daily disciplines that Pastor Slaughter discussed- pray, and read the Word, inevitably lead to the other daily disciplines that we must practice- give, serve others, and fellowship with other believers.
Again, I am amazed that God has chosen this simple, yet profound truth that we must live by- serve and love others, and you have served and loved Me!
Prayer: Father, thank you for the plans that you have for us, and that you love us and consider us in the ways that you do. Help me to love others and serve them so that you may be honored, Amen.