“Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.” John 13:1b
While he walked the earth, Jesus demonstrated how to love. He accepted the outcasts and offered them grace. He did not condemn the ones who sinned, but called them to a higher standard of living and relationship with God. He shared meals with the lowest members of society and gave them hope. He was merciful to the sick and He healed them.
But on the night of the Last Supper, Jesus symbolically set the example on how his followers should love each other. Though Peter protested Jesus’ washing his feet, he later saw and understood that this was a demonstration of true love, expressed through service and sacrifice. Jesus later told His disciples that the proof to the world that we are truly His followers is that we love each other. (John 13:35)
Jesus’ ultimate act of love for His disciples and the world was His death to restore our relationship with God, the Father. It was a true act of service that can never be repaid.
In our full and hectic lives, how often do we really have the attitude of a servant toward our fellow Christ-followers? Though we may never be asked to lay down our lives, we can choose to lay down our pride, our to-do lists, and our distractions to serve someone else.
God, thank You for Your love. Thank You for Jesus’ example and his willingness to be the ultimate servant. Please create in me a heart to serve. Amen.
Think about your relationships. How do you show love to your loved ones, and to fellow believers? Decide on one practical way you will demonstrate more Christ-like service today or in the coming week. Learn to give the spotlight to others.
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How do you express love with one of your spiritual gifts? Make a comment to inspire others!