Tuesday, April 11, 2017
John 13:34-35: [Jesus is saying,] "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Dear God and Father, lead us to love each other. Lead us to speak love, live love, and share love. Lead us to bear the love of Jesus, who sacrificed Himself for us. Lead us to show love through our service. We pray this in Jesus' name. And all God's children say...
Jesus and His disciples are in the Upper Room. Jesus has just finished washing their feet. They are soon to head toward Gethsemane. Before they go, Jesus gives to them one final command. "Love one another."
What does love look like? How are we to "love one another?" What does love mean? These are all great questions.
What does love look like? Look to Jesus. Jesus taught the truth. He did it in a way that rebuked, corrected, and saved. Jesus served with love, caring and sharing with people. Love looks like Jesus.
How do we love each other? Again, look to Jesus. Jesus healed bodies and lives. Jesus raised people out of death. Jesus gave Himself up to those who hated Him and wanted Him dead. Jesus died for them and us. Jesus rose to offer new life to them and us. Live life like Jesus and give up self for the sake of others.
What does love mean? Finally, you guessed it. Look to Jesus. Love means all of the above. Love is action. Love is caring. Love embraces truth. Love serves. Love sacrifices. Love proclaims. Love is Jesus.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.