“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:11-13
There is an old saying in the rooms of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), and it goes something like this- “It’s Simple, But It May Not be Easy”. I’ve always liked that quote. In fact, the AA community has numerous little sayings, like proverbs, which contain gems of truth.
Jesus, on his last day before he went to a terrible death on the cross for you and me, had a simple request- “Love one another”. Those, if one needs to boil down the Christian faith to three words, would be the words. Simple, but not easy.
Loving others is a daily, intentional decision, which is not based upon the behavior of others. It is about the mindset that I have toward others. Jesus did not ask easy things of us. He asks for us to do the things that are right and healing and uplifting. Loving others can be easy at times, but often it is hard. Loving those who don’t show love to us first is hard. Loving others that do not treat us well is hard. Loving others whom we really do not know can be difficult. Yet the dying wish of Jesus was that we love one another.
So, we are all imperfect at this loving one another thing. But just because we are imperfect does not mean that we should not continue to try to love one another. After all, if it were easy, everybody would do it. Because it is hard, we need divine help to really do it well. So, God sent the Holy Spirit to do the things through us that we really cannot do alone. Nonetheless, the command still stands.
Love one another.
Prayer: Lord, help us to love one another, Amen