MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35 (ESV)
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
A man opened a new business, and his best friend sent him a floral arrangement. When the friend popped in to see him a few days later, he was shocked to see that the shop had sent a card saying, “Rest in peace.” When he called the florist to complain, the florist said, “It could be worse. Somewhere in the city is an arrangement in a cemetery that reads ‘Congratulations on your new location.'”
Perspective makes a lot of difference in how we see things. Jesus’ command to love in Luke 13:34-35 wasn’t new, but He did give them a new perspective. What was new was the command to love each other the way Jesus loves us. This type of love was going to set apart people as Jesus followers.
This week we are going to review some of the lessons we learned from Sunday’s message about the way God loves us and wants us to love each other. But today we will start with our perfect God who unconditionally loves imperfect people. If we follow Jesus’ example, we will be imperfect people loving other imperfect people who maybe don’t deserve it. Who are the imperfect people in your life who need you to love them like Jesus right now?