Wednesday, August 12
Love like Jesus
Scripture: Jeremiah 13-15, John 15
John 15:12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
Jesus had already told His disciples on this final night to love each other (John 13:34-35), and now He repeats it again: “Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”
These words come just before Jesus warns them that they will be hated and persecuted just like Jesus was (v. 18-25), making it all the more important that they love each other!
How did Jesus love them (and us)? We could make a long list, but in verses 13-16 Jesus names several ways that He loved them.
First, He gave His life for them—the ultimate expression of love (13). I am to love others by giving my life for them. It doesn’t have to be in a single huge sacrifice; it could be in a thousand small ways. Picture it like this: God gives you $1000 to give away to others. You could give it all at once. Or you could get $1000 in ones, fives, tens and twenties and give it away a little here, a little there. It could be in small sacrificial acts of service, or words of encouragement. It could be by yielding to another and not insisting on my rights or my way. Love is giving sacrificially, big or small, for the good of others.
Second, He calls them His friends (14). I am to love others by calling them friends. What a gift we give when we bring someone into the circle of our friendship. This means engaging in honest, open relationships with others. You can’t really love well from a distance or being detached. Love happens between friends.
Third, He confides in them (15). Jesus “told them everything the Father told” Him. He confided in them. I am to love others by confiding in them, sharing my heart and my life with them, and particularly, sharing what the Father is saying to me. Love makes disciples when you open your heart and share what God is doing and saying. It’s a natural extension of deep friendship.
Fourth, He chose them (16). Jesus said that they didn’t choose Him, but He chose them! Jesus took the initiative. I am to love others by choosing them, by taking the initiative and going after them. Love does—it doesn’t wait for the other to initiate—love does. I choose you.
Love each other like Jesus has loved you.
Prayer: Lord, help me to love others like You have loved me!