Friday, 4th May, 2018
Reference text: John 15:12-17
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Within appropriate degree of scientific inaccuracies, there is a quote used as words of encouragement to push people to aim higher. It follows along the lines of ‘aim for the stars, if you fail, you’ll land on the moon’. This quote in a way poses the question of is it better to aim really high and miss or aim lower and hit?
Often times, in our very own lives, we will look on and ask if having a very high standard to live up to is a good or bad thing because it can feel so ‘way up there’ that it gives no real confidence to pursue them, but it also has a plus side. The Gospel text for today shows Jesus presenting to his disciples a standard of measure against which all love ought to be measured- ‘As I have loved you’ – that standard, given what we know, is a very high one.
Subsequently, the question which could follows these words of his would be ‘how did he love us?’ For the believer reading this text today, our first point of call is the CROSS because on it, we have the ideal expression of perfect love- a love that gave off its very best. What is even more interesting is that, to the disciples, these words of Jesus were spoken before the cross. So then again, we ask: ‘what kind of love was to be their blueprint?’
Beloved, Jesus did not only show his love with open arms on the cross, but he was the living embodiment of love- his whole life and ministry contained snippets of love that we also can follow. He revealed to us: a love that forgave – a love that healed – a love that comforted- a love that embraced the weaknesses of others – a love that listened – a love unafraid to correct and a love that transcended boundaries.
We could go on adding to this list, but what we need to
#Remember is: ‘to love as He loved, does not imply also opening our arms on a cross, but embracing the many facets of love he revealed to us.