WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
“… love one another as I have loved you.”
John 15:12 ESV
WE WIN WHEN LOVE IS AN IMITATION
A man received a phone call from a United Way fundraising representative. The representative said “You know, in this small town, everybody contributes to the United Way except you. May I ask why don’t you want to share the ‘Help Each Other’ spirit?” asked the representative. “Well, there are certain problems in my personal life, of which you may not be aware,” replied the lawyer. “Oh, I didn’t know that.” “Like my mother. Her Social Security is being cut off, and she’s going to be evicted soon.” “Oh, I didn’t know that,” the representative said sheepishly. “And my kid sister has some nasty disease; she needs a boatload of cash for doctors and surgery.” “Oh, I didn’t know that,” the telemarketer replied with a tear in his eye. “So, if I didn’t give any money to them, what makes you think I’m going to give any to you?”
The fictitious telemarketer was unsuccessful in getting this man to follow the example of those around him. And there are times when Jesus is unsuccessful in getting us to follow His example of love. Just before Jesus died on the cross, He appealed to the disciples to love each other the way He had loved on them.
A little boy was lying in bed one night and became afraid. He called out for his daddy. The dad came in and said, “God will take care of you.” The little boy responded, “I know but right now I need someone with skin.” It is God’s plan that people feel His love through us. The world wins when we love like Jesus loved. Name some ways Jesus modeled love for us that we can imitate. Ask God to help you imitate His love today.