Hey, there, sweet friend!
Just the other day, I got to work and backed into my parking space as usual. When I got out of the car, though, this is what I saw:
My car has a backup camera on it that displays guidelines for backing in straight. But this day, even though I had those guidelines, I relied more on what I was seeing in the world around me.
Why am I sharing this? Because this week, we’re learning what it means to walk in love, and no matter how much our love may match that of the world around us, if that’s the standard we’re living up to, we’re not going to get it right. We need to look to Scripture for our answer instead.
In today’s reading, “The Mark of a Christian,” we’re directed to John 13:34-35, where Jesus says this:
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (NLT)
There’s our guideline right there! We are to love “just as I have loved you.”
And how did He love us? He laid down His life for us.
You see, the world loves with a selfish love, with a “me first!” love, with a love that says, “I’ll love you until it costs me something.” And if I look to the world for guidance, my love will look the same. While that may be ok in the world’s eyes, Jesus has called us to something greater — to a “lay down your life for others” kind of love.
By Jesus loving this way, He unlocked the riches of heaven for us! As our Verse of the Week says,
“Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us — He calls us children of God! It’s true; we are His beloved children.” 1 John 3:1 (The Voice)
We are CHILDREN OF GOD because Jesus loved. And we are called to turn around and give that same love to others. When we do, the world will know we are His!
You see, the mark of a Christian should be something that makes the world stop and take notice — a true BEAUTY mark of love!
Reflect and Respond:
What’s one way you can love others just as Jesus has loved you?