Scripture: John 15: 12-27
Key verses: (12, 17) 12″This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
Scripture: “Love one another as I have loved you,” Jesus said to his disciples, and to us. And how has he loved us? Not with feelings of love, that may come and go. But with actions that show love.
He loves us in our baptism, as he did when he washed his disciples’ feet, when the dust is washed away, and we are clean. He loves us by calling his disciples and us from our old ways of life into a new life of service and dedication to God. He loves us in the Lord’s Supper, as with his disciples we gather around the table and remember his body and blood poured out for us. He loves us when we, weak and human as we are, turn away, betray and deny him, even as he is crucified for our sakes. He loves us by humbling himself, and giving himself up for us, by his for-give-ness. He loves us by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit which enables us to live out love in his name. He loves us in those ways, and calls us to love one another.
Not in our feelings. Not in a rush of emotion. We aren’t asked to feel good about one another. We are asked to love one another as he has loved us. To serve one another in powerfully concrete ways, putting others first, taking the role of a servant. We are to humble ourselves as he did, to give ourselves up for one another, to for-give one another of all the hurts and wrongs, big or small, as he gave himself up for us, forgiving us of our sins. We are to call one another out of our everyday lives into new lives lived in dedication and service to God, to share the good news with all whom we meet. We are to continue to love, in concrete ways, even when we are betrayed and rejected by those whom we love. May God help us love in concrete acts of love and service, following the example and the command of Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, help us love one another as you have loved us. Today, help me love someone as you love me. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].