Wednesday, July 29: Love each other as I have loved you
Read John 15:9-17
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other."
This passage contains some of the most powerful and basic truths of our Christian faith. Read them again and note what they say about the many dimensions of the love we can experience as followers of Christ, the kind of relationship we can have with Jesus, and the mission to which we've been called.
Father, the depth of your love and the difference it can make in our lives is almost beyond comprehension. Help us respond differently to others because of how you've loved us.