Pastor Jim Shields
John 13:34-35 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Living the Christian life is so simple. I walk in His mercy, it is new for me every morning. Every time I mess up (which is often, more often than you or I know) His unmerited favor falls from Heaven to find me. And peace, not temporary like the world gives, but a deep fundamental sense of His well being has been gifted me.
Yep, it is simple, tithe, show up at church, read the Bible, pray.
Simple, except for one thing…YOU. I have to love YOU. And not in a casual, “love ya bro” kind of way. But in a “bear with and forgive you” kind of way. Now “forgiving and bearing with” are only a problem when you are acting in a horrible way toward me. And that is when it is no longer simple living this Christian life. I wish He would have put some restrictions on my need to love you this way. Like maybe I only have to forgive you when I can understand why you’re acting this way or bear with for a certain amount of time. Maybe a week. If you don’t have together in a week, I can write you off. That would be simpler.
But no, Jesus’ only parameter is this, “love each other as I have loved you’ (which included the betrayer, Judas, by the way). This is the Commandment of Jesus, which makes it pretty important. Also, for me, IMPOSSIBLE! I can barely love like Jim, no chance loving like Jesus. But, it is the way, His way. Our love shown to each other is how Jesus is seen. So we must love this way.
How? Ask Him this Sunday, Easter Sunday. He will show you, He will teach you. Simple.
Prayer: Jesus, breathe Your love for others into me, rain Your Spirit upon my dry heart so I might feel Your compassion for those close to me. Show Your Way, so others will see You.