Love Like Jesus

John 13:31-33, 34-35:

When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Isn’t it Amazing that at the very instant that satan enters into Judas and leaves the Last Supper, Jesus turns to His Disciples to tell them to love one another?  Isn’t that just like Jesus to take what could be viewed as the betrayal of all Eternity (or at least a close second place finish to satan revolting in Heaven against God), turn it on its ear, and use it for Good?  Jesus is always taking bad things – decisions, catastrophes, people, etc. – and using them for Good.  The devil had thought that he had finally conquered God at Calvary only to learn that Jesus would use Calvary to conquer death.  St. Paul (as Saul the Pharisee) was jailing, beating, and killing Christians until Jesus blinded him on the road to Damascus to use Saul (as Paul) for God’s purposes – including St. Paul becoming the earthly-author of most of the New Testament Letters in the Bible.  God is the God of Awesome – not the God of “OK” or the God of “so-so” – He is the God of Awesome (just ask Rich Mullins).  In heat of the moment at the Last Supper (just hours before Jesus sweat blood under stress in the Garden of Gethsemane moments before Jesus betrayed Him with a kiss), Jesus is making sure that His Dream Team of Disciples knows that, no matter what happens, they are to love one another.  Rather than scratching-out their next moves in the sandy floor or talking about how Judas was now possessed by satan, Jesus takes ownership of why He’s come to earth and makes sure that the Disciples are focused on God…and on God’s plan – for God is love.  So, no matter what’s going on in our lives and/or who’s doing anything that might possibly harm us or others, we are to love one another – even when it’s hard.  That’s an order from God and Jesus, so while as Spiritual Soldiers in Christ, we might not always like an order, we are to follow an order from God none the less.  If even one person focuses on Love, this world changes for the better.  Sure, we might not see the ripple effect of what a little bit of love is doing in the world’s ocean of emotions, God sees it and that’s all that any of us need to Trust In.  In Him and in His Love for each and every one of His Children.

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