At this time of year, we seem to measure love by the size of the gift. I remember one Christmas I really wanted to buy something special for Susan to show her how much I loved her. I spent way too much money (more than I had) to buy her a gift that she liked, but didn’t love. We say we love things: “I love my car!” “I love my ring!” “I love my house!” But the truth is that those things come and go. The deteriorate and fall apart or are owned by others one day. Real love – the kind of love that God has for us – is all about a person.
Read these words of Jesus from John 15:9-13
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 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. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Questions for reflection:
- What does it mean, in your own words, to ‘remain in’ the love of Jesus? (v.9)
- How does Jesus define what it means to ‘remain’ in his love? (v.10)
- Jesus gives us single command. What is it?
- Finally, Jesus makes a grand conclusion about the Greatest form of love. What is it?
Jesus laid down his life for you and me – the greatest form of love. Short of becoming a martyr, how can you ‘lay down your life’ for people around you, people you love, and your friends?
Pray today and ask God to increase your love for those in your purview.