Wednesday, January 06 2016
“This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you. No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do. I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.] You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you. This is what I command you: that you love one another.”
John 15:12-17 AMP
The commandment we received from Jesus is to love one another and since it's a command, it follows that we must carry out the command to demonstrate our obedience to him. It also means that we have no choice in who we love, we cannot love our favourites like family members, friends and loved ones alone, we are to love our neighbours, mean bosses, difficult colleagues, those that hurt us and learn to forgive no matter what. Sometimes this seems like a hard pill to swallow especially when we've been hurt by people.
One of the major reasons we must learn to love no matter what is because it is a prerequisite to answers to prayers, verse 16 makes that apparent.
Secondly it helps us to bear fruits that lasts for ever, simply put this tough love can win a soul from destruction.
Ask for the grace of God to display this attribute of God that Jesus so desperately wants us to imbibe.
My prayer is that you will find this grace to operate in His love in Jesus name, amen.
Have a blessed week.