John 13:14-15 “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
We throw around words that we don’t really mean. Many say, “I love you,” but their actions fail to back up that statement. We grow familiar with someone and say, “I love you,” when we couldn’t be more distant.
Then there are those whose love is evident without ever speaking a word.
Love is not a heart placed on a Facebook post or a kind word spoken publicly for all to hear. It is an act of selflessness and sacrifice that reveals one’s heart to the object of their love.
Often, we use Jesus’ washing of the feet to illustrate servant leadership. But we can also see the demonstration of love we need to be for one another.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Our churches should be where the world can see, feel, and even receive the most extreme example of love. It is not a display or demonstration to make a show. Often, such acts of love are done in secret, leaving the recipient wondering who did it.
Those seeking praise will make sure they are seen by men. Those with true love do not seek recognition.
We all have those in our lives that are easy to love. Some find it easy to love us in return. A more significant and more profound love comes when we go outside of our comfort zone and invite those the world rejects and lavish our love on them.
Yet, if we cannot love those within our own circle, how can we find love for those the world casts off?
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
If we are fighting and bickering with those we are told to love, how will we ever find love for the homeless, the single mother, the adulterer, the abuser, the enemy, and the murderer?
Jesus washed Judas’ feet, knowing full well who he was and what he was about to do. He washed Peter’s feet, knowing that in 24 short hours, he would deny Him and struggle, finding the faith to continue.
Every one of the disciples, save John the beloved, left Him in His hour of need.
John 19:25-26 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!”
Having a faith that is alive means that it will be tested and tried throughout our lifetime.
Those trials and testing are how God grows us.
Who we love, how we love, when we love, and how often will reveal our hearts to those around us as to the love we possess and declare when we say or sing, “Oh, how I love Jesus!”
We are told to love our enemies.
Luke 6:35-36 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
We do not possess the love needed to fulfill this command. It can only be done when God loves them through us. In turn, we must be yielded and submitted vessels to not restrict the flow of God’s love through us.
We easily forget the love shown to us as our Savior reached down to save us. Some who read have a testimony of God’s amazing grace that saved someone we would never think would have gotten saved.
We need to help one another, encourage one another, and love one another as we are commanded. In so doing, we show God’s love to a world dying to see examples of true Christianity lived out in His children.
Let us be that one who sets aside our petty differences and begins to love as He loved us. Then, our Heavenly Father can use us to draw others to Himself.