Love Others

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Thanksgiving 2020 is not just behind us. Hopefully next year we’ll see more family in person and maybe we can even make arrangements to visit and connect with them soon.

I read this scripture recently…

“When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you?”

John 13:12 HCSB

What a great word.

Have you read the Bible today?

What a great word it is and how THANKFUL we should be for His Word.

Think about who’s feet Jesus washed that day. There was Peter (Simon), Andrew, James, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (called the Zealot), Judas (son of James), and Judas Iscariot. There were likely more there but these are the 12.

Here’s a list from Luke when Jesus’ 12 disciples are listed…

“When daylight came, He summoned His disciples, and He chose 12 of them — He also named them apostles: Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”

Luke 6:13-16 HCSB

Back in John, we see the scene at the Last Supper…

“Now by the time of supper, the Devil had already put it into the heart of Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, to betray Him. Jesus knew that the Father had given everything into His hands, that He had come from God, and that He was going back to God. So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself. Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.”

John 13:2-5 HCSB

Jesus washed Judas’ feet and loved him even though Jesus knew what Judas had already planned and was doing to betray him. It was just that same evening that Judas betrays Jesus.

What a great example for us. We will treat family or friends who have offended us in some way or another with hate, impatience, unkindness, unfriending them on social media platforms, disregarding them in text strings, writing them off relationally, or un-forgiveness. Here Jesus is, knowing what Judas is about to do (which we all really put Him on the cross), washing the feet of all of them. Even knowing that not only is Judas about to betray him, but all of them will deny him including Peter, Jesus becomes the servant, loving them, and washes their feet.

One takeaway from this is that no matter how different others are, no matter what they say in person to me or on social media, no matter what their world view is and how it contradicts mine; I can still love and serve them. Jesus didn’t give up on Judas. Jesus didn’t give up on me. Jesus didn’t give up on you. Jesus loved and served even while knowing the evil and betrayal of Judas.

Is there someone around you or in your life whom you have stopped loving because of their actions? What did they do to you? Did they hand you over to a bloodthirsty group of people who wanted to frame you for things that aren’t true so they could beat you, whip you, hang you on a cross, and let you suffocate to death while you bleed out? Or was it because they don’t agree with you about taxes, animal rights, social distancing, political views, or something less severe?

“Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

1 Peter 4:8 HCSB

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”

Mark 12:30-31 HCSB

“Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Romans 13:8 HCSB

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.”

John 13:34 HCSB

Think about all the ways you betray Jesus, yet Jesus still loves you today.

Seek out ways to love those around you. Make it a point to love your spouse really well today, love your children really well today, love your parents really well today, love your co-workers really well.

If you can love those around you daily better, you’ll get better at loving others in the world who aren’t around you as often.

I know I can use some good, intentional practice to help me love better. I need to focus on it more.

My guess is you are in a similar boat.

We could all get better at…LOVE and how it works daily:

“Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 HCSB

Love well!

Intend to Live

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