So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13: 34-35
How many of us go out and buy some people Christmas gifts because we feel like we have to? We all have “those people” in our families, right? The ones that are hard to get along with, those hard to buy for, hard to love…
Jesus tells his disciples here in these verses to love each other and he desires for us to as well. He doesn’t say to love others when we feel like it, when they are finally nice to us, or when it aligns with our benefit. He says to love them. Love them when its hard, when they aren’t appreciative or responsive.
At the center of God’s heart is love. He loves us not because he has to, but because he can’t help it. He sees past all of our insecurities, our failures, our short comings and sees us for who we truly are in him. When we choose to love others like the Father has loved us we get to be a part of the bigger story. When we love “those people” out of a genuine, heart-felt action kind of love, we have the opportunity to share His love story written for us AND for them.