FRIDAY, APRIL 30
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:11-13 (ESV)
I AM THE TRUE VINE: KEEP LOVING OTHER PEOPLE
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. His mind, wit and work earned him the unofficial title of “the greatest justice since John Marshall.” At one point in his life, Justice Holmes explained his choice of a career by saying: “I might have entered the ministry if certain clergymen I knew had not looked and acted so much like undertakers.” (Today In The Word)
The only time Jesus spoke of His joy was as He was approaching Gethsemane. That seems a strange time to talk of joy. In half an hour or less, He would be praying until He was bleeding from His brow, wrestling with the weight of the sins of the world. Jesus taught in John 15:11-13 that abiding joy comes when we keep loving God and keep loving other people. Loving people is just a natural overflow of loving Jesus. And there is no greater display of love than sacrifice and service.
Why is a “mean Christian” a contradiction? The way we treat people is a direct measure of our intimacy with Christ. Can the people closest to you sense your love for God by the way you treat others?
Thank Jesus for modeling what it looks like to love people. Thank God for the promise to improve our relationships with others when we are in a loving relationship with Him.