Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12
If I were standing face to face with Jesus and He told me to love others just as He’d loved me, I’d probably be a little intimidated, not to mention tongue-tied. What I’d be thinking, but not quite brave enough to say, is “Sorry Jesus, but that’s impossible.”
Even more intimidating would be having to live up to another of His statements, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13-14). Being one to practice what He preached, Jesus soon after went to the cross to lay down His own life for the salvation of, not only His friends, but all mankind.
Jesus doesn’t expect that degree of sacrifice from us, but He does expect and encourage Sacrificial Love.
Sacrificial Love can look like …
Caring for your aging mother while you’re still raising your own children.
Inviting a single woman to live with you until she gets back on her feet.
Holding a sick friend’s hand in the hospital when your day is already packed.
Seeing these acts of sacrificial love with my own eyes, makes me think … maybe Jesus wasn’t so crazy after all when He told us to love like Him. He knew we were capable of doing it. We can love others as He loved us, if we decide to take our eyes off ourselves for awhile and place them on someone else.
Who do you know that is lonely, sick, hurting, tired, or mourning? Don’t let anything stop you from reaching out, visiting, calling, or loving like Jesus would. He wants you to be brave and love like Him. When you do, you’ll be reminded that the greatest treasure in life is truly love. Yes indeed; it’s all about love!
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
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