What is Love?

February 22, 2018

"This is My command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are My friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father."
Vss. 12-15 (MSG)

Reading: John 15:9-17
Reflection by Aaron Konzelman

Love may be one of the most misunderstood and convoluted words in our language today. From the Hollywood screen, to the checkout stand novellas, it is clear that everyone has a different meaning for it. So how do we know how to love one another? By looking at the example of the author of love: Jesus.

His love for us is kind, reckless, wild, furious, protective, self-sacrificing, tireless, deep, gentle, strong. His love leaves the 99 to chase the one. The world will know that we have been made the friends and children of God when we love each other the way that God loves us.

This is no simple task. In fact, it is likely one of the hardest things we will do each day. Every morning when we rise, we must remember the ways that Christ has shown His love to us: His example and commands are rooted in His love for us.

Prayer: Oh God, show me how to love today like You have loved me. Amen.

Action step: Ask God to open your eyes to see the wounded, the perishing, and the broken today so that you may demonstrate His love to them. And remember that He loved us when we were unlovable. Be on the lookout today for someone that you find difficult to deal with, and ask God how you can demonstrate love to them.