Journal Entry ~ 04/19/18
34 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.
35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:34-35
Love is so vitally important to Jesus that He commands us to love one another. Pause and think about that. Faith is important, prayer is important, taking care of the widow and the orphan are important, tithing is important...but love is what He commands us to do over everything else just a few short hours before He goes to the cross. Love. It's the most important thing.
And not just that we should love Him - that's the easy part. Loving a perfect God takes a leap of faith at times, but He is always faithful to respond perfectly. He blesses us with peace, understanding, wisdom, guidance, He protects us, provides for us, and He never lets us down. Loving Him is easy.
He commanded us to love one another - that's the hard part. Loving broken, selfish, hurting people can be hard. But here's the truth that Jesus knew when He gave us this commandment - our love for Jesus is not what makes a lasting impression on those people He has placed in our lives...no, it's how well we demonstrate our love for them that changes their lives.
If we want to do the work of the kingdom, if we want to really fulfill His last commandment to us - go and make disciples, this is how we do it. We don't need to have any biblical knowledge, or the right words to share the Gospel. People don't come to Jesus because we have all the right words. They come to Jesus because they feel His love - through us. Go be loving today. Find someone who you've had a difficult time loving lately, and go be Jesus to them.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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