April 4 | John 13:34-35
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples: if you have love for one another.”” (John 13:34–35)
Everyone has something distinguishing about their background. It may be there accent, skin color, or last name. It tells who they are, their heritage. Nowadays we use these things to divide one another. As soon as we see or hear it, we lump that person into a group.
We’ve become so judgmental before we know a person. When you meet someone else that matches your background, you instantly have something in common. You treat that person like they belong to your group, and you show them some love.
Sherrod background, like nationality and familial ties, was called brotherly love. But when Jesus teaches his disciples to love one another, the word is different. It is an unconditional love, a love shown to every disciple who experiences Jesus’ love.
Unconditional love has no strings attached. People don’t have to say or do anything to gain it. In fact, they can hurt and abuse you, and love should be response. When Jesus was on the cross, he loved his haters and all of the strangers yelling at him from the ground.
Action Step: Grab a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the left side, right down the people in your office, classrooms, home, and anywhere else who are not your fans. On the right side, right down one thing you can do for them to show unconditional love. Find ways to do it for them.
Jesus, before I knew you, I was one of your haters. But now you have taught and shown me how to love, I want to obey your Spirit. I want to show others your love. Show me who I can demonstrate your love to today.