How is your love measuring up to the standard? In John 13:34, Jesus says, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” And how did Jesus loves us? In the song “This is Amazing Grace,” the lyrics describe it this way:
Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me
Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory
As Christ-followers, our love should be greater than the love others have experienced and expect. When people fail us, we show them an unfailing love that is given no matter the circumstance. When others sin against us, we show them a forgiving love. When family, friends, even strangers persecute us, we love despite their actions and words. Our love should not chain people in bondage, but set them free. Our love should welcome them into a family that speaks truth and grace.
We love even when it’s to our detriment, because that’s the kind of love that was given to me when Jesus went to the cross.
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35)
How is your love measuring up to the standard? While we all fall short, it leaves great room for improvement and that gives me hope. I pray this week as we prepare to gather again together as the church, you consider the love of Christ and evaluate your own love.