October 22, 2019

Love Like Jesus

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 22, 2019

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

Lately, I’ve been thinking about why we are here on planet earth—and I really think it’s all about love. Here’s why. . . 

In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus says, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

God gives his two greatest commands: to love God and to love others. It’s clear that when we love others, we love God and when we love God, we love others. 

It’s all about love. 

In fact, love is such a big deal that Jesus said in verse 40, “On these two commandments [to love God and love others] depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

And Galatians 5:14 says, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

If God wanted us all to fulfill some other high calling, He would have told us so. But He didn’t. He said, “Love one another.” 

What’s exciting about this is that this high calling of love gives everyone purpose. Whether you are making cookies for your child’s soccer team, shuttling an elderly woman back and forth to the doctor, visiting a sick friend, encouraging someone with a good word, or making someone laugh, and you work in love, you are pleasing the Lord.  

Can you imagine Christ looking down from heaven and saying, “Wow! Just look at them! See how they are doing even small things with such great love! They are following my greatest commandments. I can’t wait to reward them for their good work!”  

It’s all about love. 

But loving isn’t always easy, right? Sometimes it can be downright difficult. During those times when loving is challenging, and you’re remembering that life is all about love, also remember that you will never be called to love more than you have already been loved.

When your mate disappoints you, it’s good to remember that you will never be called to love them more than you have already been loved. 

When your friends betray you, it’s good to remember that you will never be called to love more than you have already been loved. 

When your neighbor hurts you with her words, it’s good to remember that you will never be called to love more than you have already been loved. 

When someone does something that you feel you just can’t forgive, it’s good to remember that you will never be called to love more than you have already been loved. 

When we love, we fulfill our highest calling. 

It’s all about love—and everything we do is just a platform to carry out the Lord’s greatest commandments to love. 

Oh! How liberating! This gives us all purpose. 

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (John 15:9).

Prayer

Lord, when I make life complicated help me to remember that you love me and have called me to love others. Amen.


Application

Do you need to seek to make peace with someone? Ask the Lord to give you a teachable and humble heart and then go to them.


Related Reading

1 Peter 4:8; Luke 6:27-28; Romans 13:10


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