by Wally Fry

Sunday, September 29

Our Model for Loving Each Other

John 15:9-13

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you,” John 15:12.

Our Savior expects obedience; yet, His burden is light. Here, Jesus issues a command and immediately tells us exactly how we can fulfill it. He never leaves us hanging on something important such as this. We are to love each other as He loved us. That is direct, and it is simple. We are to love each other as He loves us. How is that? One word will sum that up perfectly: sacrificially. Our Lord sacrificed Himself for us, and we are to do likewise for those around us.

Does this mean that we are to literally, physically give up our lives for another? Maybe it does, maybe it does not. Yet, clearly, we are to give up our wants and our desires for those we love even if that literally never means our physical deaths. We are to die to those things of our own, and then live to give them to others. We are to die if only to ourselves.

This is not rocket science, and we need not overanalyze it to carry it out as we are commanded to do. When a choice has to be made, we simply choose another’s needs in place of our own. This is a cliché, but clichés work because they contain truth. Here is the Jesus commanded hierarchy of human need: Jesus first, others second and us last. This will never happen by accident; it begins when we think of another in the way Jesus thought of us.

JUST A THOUGHT: If we are unwilling to put the needs of others first, then how can we demonstrate to others that Jesus gave Himself for them?

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