Therefore when he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. Little children, I am still with you a little longer. You will look for Me; and just as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you: ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.” John 13:31-35 (NASB)
Jesus gives the commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Loving your neighbor sounds like it should be fairly simple. It does seem easy to love others who have done us no wrong. We sometimes only accept and love the people who are genuinely good to us or most like us. But what about those who we feel do us wrong? Jesus tells us to love everyone, especially those who are unlovable. Loving a person does not require a complex reason, we love because God has loved us first. We love because we care for the person. When we learn how to love the way God loves unconditionally, we will attain genuine happiness.
Questions for Reflection:
- Have I loved or prayed for someone who has done me wrong lately?
- Am I finding it hard to love someone who has different opinions than I do?
- Am I intentional about including and loving ALL others?
God, our Father, You love us with endless mercy. You invite us to take care of the world around us, our common home. Lord, grant us a big heart. A heart always willing to love, a compassionate heart for those who suffer, a heart where there is a place for all around us. Amen