Week Three - Day Five
A Love to Example
John 13:12-15 - When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
John 13:34-35 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
2 Corinthians 5:20 - Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
The word “ambassador” is an action word that means “representative.” In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he tells them (and us) that we are representatives of God here on Earth. We are sent into the world to offer God’s gift of grace and salvation to the lost. We go forth in Jesus’ name, offering his plan of redemption, and acting on Jesus’ behalf.
How do we do that? Jesus said in John 13, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.” Was this a new commandment? Moses had given this commandment hundreds of years prior in Leviticus 19:18: “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.”
Why would Jesus call this a new commandment? He had just re-defined this love with his action of washing the feet of the disciples. Moses called the Israelites to love others as themselves. Jesus called his disciples to love others more than themselves by serving even the undeserved. He calls us to grow up in spiritual maturity, living the same life and loving the same way he did when he walked this earth. What a tremendous calling! Even more amazing is when the world will recognize Jesus’ true and perfect love, through our practical examples (John 13:35). God has called us to love our families, neighbors, co-workers, friends and all of those around us in a way that serves them better than ourselves and points them to the love God has for them.
• Are you living the same way Jesus did?
• Are you loving you One Life, friends, and family members the same way Jesus did when he washed the feet of his disciples?
• Ask God to improve your practical love this week. How does God desire you to grow in loving like he loves?