February 11 | John 15:12-15
“This is my commandment that you may keep loving one another just as I loved you. Greater love has no one than this: that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you would keep on doing what I am commanding you. No longer am I calling you servants because the servant has not known what his master is doing, but I have called you friends because everything I heard from my Father I made known to you.” (John 15:12–15)
Love is the basis for every relationship we have. From our friends to our spouses, love is our foundation. Without love, we build relationships on lies and deception. But love allows us to reach out to one another. Without love, we have no trust.
Jesus built his relationship with you in love. Over and over in the Bible we see how deeply he loved you. He has the greatest love because he died for you. No one has done that in all of history. And all he asks is that you love other people. Jesus tells you to pay it forward.
We love others because Jesus loves us. He doesn’t just love us because we follow his commandments. He loves us as friends. We’re not even servants. He lets us in on everything he’s doing because we obey his commandments.
Love makes us insiders with Jesus. And when we love others, it makes them insiders with us. Friendship with God is a privileged position. Only two people in the Bible before the New Testament were friends of God, Abraham and Moses. That’s a pretty amazing group to become a part of.
Action Step: Love others with unconditional love, no strings attached. Don’t just make it an emotion. Love with actions. Make someone a friend today.
Lord Jesus, help me to love others as I love myself. Thank you for making me one of your friends. You have opened the doors of God’s plan for me and loved me within unconditional love. I want to love others like you love me.