So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34

God’s word is so rich and full of guidance.  We often turn to those we trust for advice. I submit that the best advice we can get is from the Word of God, and even I need to remember that!

Jesus spoke the words in John 13:34  On the brink of what I call a new world order, Jesus was teaching his disciples how to reach people and minister to them.

His methodology and words seem so simple, don’t they?  It seems like this command to love each other just as He has loved us should be relatively easy.  My opinion: sometimes it’s not as easy as I would like.  I often ask myself:  “Jessica, how have you been doing at loving people? You know that one person that irritates you beyond belief?  Jessica, how can you love that person as Jesus has loved you?” 

Asking these questions causes me to reflect on my relationship with the Lord.  I know I irritate people.  I know I don’t always do what I should or treat people as I should.  But I am God’s child and I KNOW what He has told me to do and I KNOW the unconditional love He has for me.  I KNOW that goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.  I KNOW that as far as the east is from the west, that’s just how far He has separated my sin from me.

So, regardless of how I feel about a person, I must remember that God loved me while I was yet a sinner.  God loves me when I sin now as a believer (or as we like to say nowadays – when I make a misstep or a mistake).  God treats me like He treated the woman who was caught in the act of adultery in a couple of ways.  He challenges my accusers to throw the first stone if they are without sin; and He challenges me to throw the first stone if I am without sin.

I find that as I mediate in His word and hide it in my heart, I can do as He says, through the power He gives me through the Holy Spirit.  But it’s not magic. I am only able to carry out any of His word, less know the command to love others as He has loved me, when I have a heart that yearns to obey Him and a great desire to be like Him.

Bottom line is, God loves me unconditionally. I’m going to keep striving to pass it on.  How about you?

©2020, The Heart of the Matter Ministries, Lessons from Life

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