Exodus 16:10-22; 1 Peter 2:11-3:12; John 15:12-27
In John 15, Jesus is giving final instructions to his disciples on the last night of his life on earth. After instructing them for three years, he summarizes his teaching with a new commandment. We call it, “The Great Commandment.” Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
It sounds simple enough, but to love sacrificially like Jesus, is quite challenging. Each day is a new opportunity to try and follow in his footsteps. Some days, I suppose, we do okay. Other days are a disaster. We battle our selfish desires every day.
A core value at the congregation I serve is to, “Treat others like Jesus.” It is a revolutionary principle. As I see Jesus in others, it transforms my attitude and behavior toward them. I want to treat Jesus respectfully, so I try to treat others respectfully. I want to show kindness to Jesus, so I attempt to be kind toward others. I encourage you to give it a try. Living like Jesus is a wonderful way to live.
Prayer: Loving Lord, help to love like you and see you in the people I encounter today. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Nielsen, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church, Santa Maria, CA.