Reading: John 13: 31-35
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. For Jesus, these were not just words. He lived them out each and every day with the disciples and the stranger alike. The love Jesus exhibited was not passive; it sought out engagement and connection. His love was not just for those that loved Him; it was also for those who opposed and persecuted Him and even for those who betrayed and crucified Him. Jesus’ love was not given out with the expectation of something in return or with a thought of self-promotion; it was given freely, without any strings attached and with absolutely no consideration of self.
How this seems so against human nature! In our day and age of ” just do it” and living for pleasure in this moment, Jesus’ love is radical and unexpected. When we share His love with one who is in need, a common question is ‘Why?’. Another is ‘what do you want from me?’. Both are typical of people living in only the world’s culture and not ever experiencing the love of Christ. When one explains that we are seeking to love others as Jesus first loved us, it is the beginning of understanding or at least questioning. It is perhaps the beginning of a journey towards Christ.
In our world so filled with sin and evil, being this example of Christ’s love is so important. For many, the self-pleasing and instant gratification type of love is all that they know. It is essential that as followers of Jesus Christ, we abundantly offer self-giving and eternity impacting love. It is a love that draws others into itself. This day may we seek ways to offer Christ’s love to our world so in need.