34 “I give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have a love for one another.”
Happy Monday, and welcome to devotional number 6 in the what is love series. Excited to kick off this week with another devotional about, you guessed it, Love.
Today’s Devo was sparked out of the phrase, “love is a choice.”
Last week we touched on how there are different kinds of love. We talked about the parental kind of love, the love shared in friendship and the state of being in love. We talked about God’s unconditional love, his never-ending grace, and we looked to scripture to see how we should love those around us.
Today I wanted to kick off the week in a posture of love. Love is active, it’s hard work, and it requires commitment every single day. If there is one thing I tried to do with this podcast is exactly that, spread the love of the gospel to anyone who came into contact with it.
Loving others, spreading love it’s hard. Waking up each day next to your spouse for many years and choosing to love them in the flaws is hard work. It’s why they say marriage is hard. Loving your siblings when they are rude and inconsiderate is hard. Loving your friends when they’ve hurt you is hard. But Jesus is asking that we do so. He’s actually demanding it.
Notice how the verse says, “I have given you a new commandment.” He’s saying, “I know you have the 10 commandments given to you by God through Moses, but I am giving you a new one, love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples.
It’s a powerful statement, but we are all Christian, and we are called to love each other, even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard. So as you get ready for the day ahead of you, take the posture of love. Decide to love others the way God does. Even when, and especially when it’s hard to do so.
Father God, give us the strength to love on our friends, family, neighbors, and strangers alike. Help us love them when it’s easy, but also when it’s hard. Remind us that this is the way. We are to love one another, just as you commanded us. I hope that as we go about our day, people know that we walk with you not because we announce that we are Christians but because they see how we love the world. It is in your Holy Name that we pray, AMEN!