“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35
When we think of the attributes that Jesus manifested to the world, the first one that comes to mind is love. It was love that caused Him to come down to earth to redeem sinful man. Love caused Him to weep at the grave of Lazarus; love caused Him to reach out to the sick, the lame, and the blind with whom He came in contact. Love led Him to the well in Samaria to minister to one who was an outcast. Even on the cross, He reached out in love to the one on the cross beside Him. His whole life radiated love. His death on Calvary proved His love for all mankind.
What an example to live up to! How can we ever love like He does? We can’t in our own strength, but as we draw close to Him, His love will fill our soul and reach out to all around us.
We meet up with many different people in this world, some are easy to love, and others are not so easy. But as followers of Jesus, we are commanded to show love to all. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed us that everyone is our neighbour, and that we are to love them as we love ourselves. When the love of God fills our heart and becomes the most important thing in our lives, it will overflow to those we meet, and they will see Jesus in us.
Prayer: Jesus we desire to be like you. As we realize your great love for us, let it fill our lives so that others will see you in us.
Devotion by Anne Johnston