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Loving One Another

John 13:34

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Is there someone in your life you are not very fond of – maybe even dislike them a bit – maybe even stronger than that?  Maybe you aren’t happy with the cousin that broke your new toy?  Maybe you have bad feelings toward the co-worker who took credit for your work and got that promotion?  Maybe your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend cheated on you and you are beside yourself with anger?  I’m sure we could come up with some more reasonable scenarios – times when our anger or dislike – even hatred for someone was merited – right?  We deserve to be upset with some people – and to ask us to love them – to love one another – now that is just downright impossible – right?

Well – Jesus isn’t asking us to do anything He wasn’t willing to do – so I found this passage about His love. Romans 5:7-8 – 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Then I found this passage – Luke 23:34 – Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

The normal thought is that someone might die for a good man/woman – maybe for a righteous person someone might die.  I mean – if someone is nice to us – if someone were a good fellow – we might sacrifice for them.  But the scripture says: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

And Romans says that Christ died for us – not after we yielded our lives to Him but while we were still sinners – still His enemies.  Jesus forgave those who were killing Him – while it was happening!  This is indeed a new command – to love those who do not love us back – to love those who even persecute or harm us.  We might dislike some of the things they do – but in Christ – we are to love everyone – just as Christ loves us.  Think about it – and then we should think about our thoughts toward those around us.  Is there anyone you wouldn’t want to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?  Are there people in your life you wouldn’t want grace to pour out upon like Jonah didn’t want God to show grace on Nineveh?  Can we – through Christ – love everyone?

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 11, 2012 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Definitely food for thought, especially after this easter season!


    Comment by DAWN | April 11, 2012 | Reply

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