Hi friends! I hope you all have a great week and a relaxing Saturday. This was my first full week back to school which means that my week my was full of coffee. I commute about an hour to school every morning, and that gives me a lot of time to talk to Jesus. One of the things that I have been asked for is to be given the opportunity to show Christ’s love to someone. Needless to say, I learned an important lesson from this.
I am one of those people who HATE to be late, but I am also that same person who will sleep until the last possible second, because I promise that extra minute of sleep is completely needed. I arrived to school that morning and realized I had exactly 6 minutes to get to my class on the other side of campus. This also made me realize I could run faster than I thought I was capable of. I arrived to my building and out of breath. I began to panic because I realized that now I couldn’t find my classroom and questioning my philosophy of sleeping in. A girl approached me and asked if I could help her find the Admissions building because she was lost. I pointed to the right and told her that it was somewhere over to the right of the building we were in. I then quickly walked away to find my classroom.
Later that evening I was reading my bible and I came across John 15:12 which says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” The girl I had been so quick to brush off immediately came to my mind. I had been asking God to give me an opportunity to show love to someone, and I had completely missed it by a mile. After thinking about this, I realized I had missed this because I wasn’t thinking that showing Christ’s love to someone meant doing something so simple as giving directions. Sometimes I think we think that showing Christ’s love to someone is by immediately changing the entire world (not saying this isn’t possible) and not by doing the simple things. I didn’t realize that no matter what I am doing that God’s love should be flowing out of me.
During this humbling moment, I began to think about what this verse was actually saying. Notice that the verse begins by saying, “My command is this.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “Well I just don’t like him/her.” I am also guilty of having said this at points in my life. Jesus isn’t saying, “You should love someone, only when you feel like it” but He says, “Love each other as I have loved you.” I think part of understanding this verse is by understanding what God’s love is. Psalm 86:15 says, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” One of most favorite verses Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” When we look at these verses we see what a perfect and precious love that God has for us, and that He is the definition of what love is and should be.
I believe that we begin to understand and know God’s love, we will be able to show that love to people through whatever it is that we are doing. I believe that we will become more aware of the people around us, and I believe that when we truly begin to grasp how much we are loved that it will be radically life changing. My prayer for you and myself is that we will live in that love, and that our hearts will be forever changed by this truth.