From the Beginning

You ever have those little proverbs from your parents of grandparents floating around in your head? For example, ”Clean your plate. There are starving children in Africa.” Or maybe, ”This hurts me more than it hurts you.” These are simple, short proverbs that regardless of how old you become, they are never far. With just a little effort, you can recall them even if you haven’t thought of them in years.

So it is with this commandment which Jesus told us from the beginning. John rephrased it here, since Jesus’s original command in John 15 was to love one another, “as I have loved you,” meaning He gave up His life for us, so we ought to be willing to do the same for our brothers. John furthers this by saying our lives ought to be characterized by this kind of love, so that we walk in love in every step.

How do you express this love? Do you offer little sacrifices here and there? Do you give up your own right to be satisfied when someone else can be blessed? What does this love look like to you?

Just some thoughts for a Wednesday. God bless you today.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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