How well do you love the people in your life?
In John chapter 13, Jesus’ gives us a commandment about that: to love each other as He does. He commands us to love just like He loves us and just as much as He loves us.
Whoa, right? How’s that going? Well, in our lives, I’ve got to say, it’s not always going so well.
With our human hearts, so inclined toward self-preservation rather than sacrifice, Jesus’ commandment here seems like a downright impossible standard . . . until we remember that the Standard lives within us. He is right here in us. The Spirit of Jesus dwells inside each one of us.
So we don’t have to try to do this by ourselves. We don’t have to try to conjure love on our own. No, all we have to do is allow Him to love through us.
Here is what we just heard from God: “The only pure way to love is love that is self-forgetful. Self-forgetful love is love for the sake of love. It is the act of loving from a place of knowing how very dearly loved you are. You are incapable of loving, in a pure way, you see, until you let yourself be loved by me. My love fills you completely, when you let it. I never run out of it. You cannot need my love too much. You cannot ask for it too much. You cannot deplete me, tire me, make me impatient or resentful or disappointed in you by asking me to love you again and again and again. Everything—all love—comes from me. And that is why love cannot be used as manipulation to control others. It cannot be a commodity to be bartered and used and traded. Love, to be love, must be given freely, without judgment, without condemnation, without condition.”
When you hear these words, who is it? Who in your life has been difficult for you to love?
Come, listen to “The Reframing of Love.”