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. John 15:12-14
…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
Many years ago when I was on a journey of questioning what I believed, I decided that the plan God has for us to be able to relate to him must be very simple. So simple, in fact, that anyone in the world could understand it. It could not be a convoluted set of rules and practices that one would have a hard time keeping track of. It would need to be very basic and straightforward. In fact, the very simplicity of accepting God’s love for us as demonstrated by the sacrifice of Jesus might actually feel too easy. People seem to need to believe that there is some difficult process that we must do in order to gain God’s acceptance.
I thought of this again last week when I was called upon to speak at the funeral of a dear man who had died unexpectedly. I cited the passage from John 15 that said You are my friends if you do what I command. This is my command: Love each other. I also cited the verse from the book of Micah, which says And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
I think God would have us love and respect one another, and to act justly and walk humbly. I take it as the basis of God’s plan- that we are his friend if we love one another.
So, as they say in the recovery community, it is simple, but not always easy to follow those basic instructions from God. But let’s not over-complicate this relationship with God and his desires for his creation.
Let’s try to keep it simple.
Prayer: Lord, help us to see the simple path you have laid out for us, Amen