Week Three - Day Four
A Love that Means Action
John 13:34 - 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.
Matthew 26:6-13 - Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
John 13:12 - 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?
In John 13:34, the word used for love is agapaō, which is the verb form of agape (see devotional from week 3, day 2). Love is known from the actions it prompts. God’s love for us prompted him to send his son to save us. It was his divine will in a deliberate choice that led to his redemptive action for us.
In Matthew 26, the woman demonstrated her love for Christ with a deliberate action as well. Jesus’ compassionate and appreciative response, “She has done a beautiful thing to me,” was referencing her love for him. Compared to Jesus, nothing else mattered to this woman. Based on the culture of the time, this would have been a disgraceful and costly act. But, her reputation, the cost of the perfume and the judgment of the people around her were nothing in comparison to the love she had for Jesus. She loved him and her actions revealed her heart for Christ.
The disciples showed their ignorance to the meaning of love in their response. Yet, shortly after this exchange, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. He performed the menial task for each of his twelve disciples as a display of his great love for them. He then instructed them to “Love one another, just as I have loved you.”
• What are some ways that God has shown his love to you? How can you remind yourself of these throughout the week?
• What specific action can you take today in response to God’s great love for you?
• Pray and ask God to make you aware of his love in your life this week. Find ways to encourage your family, co-workers, and One Life regarding God’s love in action.