Devotional

“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.” ― John 13:34-35

Out of all the responses to the question, “what can we do to show people we love them,” one of my favorite responses was from a 10 year old boy. The youngster listened intently to the question, thought for a second and said, “we should buy them a pizza.” After I reflected for a few seconds, I chuckled thinking how many pizzas we would have to order each night. But I responded by reminding the young man that there are some very difficult people out there. He was not concerned: “Well, we can get the difficult people some extra toppings.”

Whether they require more or less toppings, we are commanded to love others as Jesus loved us. Our spiritual life must grow as we grow in the Lord. You don’t start with a finished pizza. You start with a foundation, and add each layer until you put it in the oven. 

To love as Jesus loves, we must understand how Jesus loves. And why He love us. He loved us enough to do the will of the Father. He loved us enough to come into this world. He loved us enough to serve. He loved us enough to lay down His life for us. I’m sure we all have thought about this question at one time or another.  It is not easy to comprehend God’s love for us, as the song goes “Amazing love how can it be that Thou my God shouldest die for me”. The Bible doesn’t say a whole lot about why God loves us, but it tells us that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8)  The fact that the God of this universe loves and cares for the sinful and rebellious human race is probably the greatest mystery of all time. Not only did He create us, “but God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)

His love was selfless. His love was serving. His love was sacrificial. His love was simply amazing, and His love is how we are to love others. No matter how you slice it, that is a tall order.

Here is a little secret to remember. It is a whole lot easier to love pizza than to love others. If you don’t have enough love for others, get more of God. Get more of Jesus. Get more of His Spirit. That is the only way to love others with love that is beyond you.

That is even better than a pizza.   

Discussion Questions:

  1. What ingredients do we need to love others as God loves us?
  2. Dr. David Jeremiah said, “ Love is worthless unless it acts out, unless it’s expressed in deed and behavior.” How do we act it out on a practical level.