“Love each other in the same way I have loved you,” Jesus commands us.
What exactly is the “way” Jesus loves us?
Jesus continues with the answer, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus loved us with a sacrificial love. It is a love that puts others before self. We are to do the same.
Does that mean we must literally lay down our life as a sign of our love?
Maybe, but probably not.
Literally laying down our own life for someone else would certainly be an incredible act of love. I don’t believe the command is calling for a literal laying down of one’s own life, though that is certainly what Jesus did for us.
What Jesus is commanding is that we have the same self-sacrificial attitude that he had in laying down his life for us (Philippians 2:5-11). He humbled himself and became human. He was “obedient to death” so that we could have life eternal.
This is the kind of love we are to have one for another. Love that places others before self.
Focus on love
Every day I see examples of sacrificial love. We all do, and we all appreciate the acts of love that people exhibit toward one another. The problem in the world today is not that there isn’t enough love to go around. The problem is that we are focused on things that are not loving, and the behavior of the un-loving. And when you focus on something long enough it affects your behavior.
As you look at the world around you, look for love. You will see it. It is there. Focus on the good. Focus on love.
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