TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
John 15:12 ESV
WE WIN WHEN LOVE ISN’T AN OPTION
In John 15:12, Jesus gives to His disciples for the second time on the same evening the command to love one another. He will say it again in verse 17 for a third time. It’s like the story of the new pastor who repeated the same sermon on “Loving One Another” three weeks in a row. One of the older men in the church went to him to complain. The pastor replied, “When you start loving one another, I’ll start preaching another sermon!”
Jesus made it clear that “loving one another” wasn’t optional for us as Christians. It was a clear command. A pastor once remarked, “As Christians we never have the privilege of being unkind.” That doesn’t mean we are pushovers, but it does mean that all our actions, even firm ones, should be motivated by love for God and love for others.
Someone else once said, “There are two things a man can’t hide. The fact that he is drunk and the fact that he is in love.” Ephesians 5:18 words it this way, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is (or leads to) debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” Jesus tells us to not hide the fact that we are filled with His Spirit. And when we are filled with His Spirit love isn’t an optional choice. It is something we strive for constantly.
What is the most difficult interpersonal relationship you must deal with? Would that situation look differently if you constantly responded in love? Ask God to allow love to win in your heart and the others person’s heart.