Saturday 6 April, 2019

John 13:31-35

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I find this a challenging scripture: “For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you” I have heard this said – “Jesus died for you and for me; our role (as a Christian) is to lay our lives down for our community and for others”.

To demonstrate that WE love; like CHRIST loves us.

What it tells me is that my life is “on show” – my actions, my responses and my voice should look like Christ.

Sacrificial love is something that many of us find hard at times.

We are called to give up our time, sometimes our convenience, our personal desires, our money, and lay these down for others.

Which reminds me of the scripture “If anyone would come after me, let him/her deny himself/herself and take up your cross daily”. (Luke 9 v 23)

It is something that is not easy at times and is not commonly encouraged in the ‘world’.  In a world that biases itself towards selfishness we have to be people who ‘swim’ in the other direction.  In a world that biases itself towards hate, we have to be an expression of love.  It is not easy to swim upstream; it requires effort.

Lord help me to demonstrate you better.  Help me with my actions, my responses and my voice to reflect you.  Lord at times I struggle, but you can give me strength in all things. Thank you for the opportunities you desire to bring across my path, to let me be a demonstration of your love and grace towards me.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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