Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
“I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another. John 13.34,35
Love one another as I have loved you. How did Jesus show his love for us? He gave his life. He served. He had just washed his disciples feet earlier in the chapter. It was an unpleasant service that needed to be done. But he did it without complaining, actually taking advantage of the situation to teach a valuable lesson. It is through this service to one another that we demonstrate our love for one another. Whether it be preparing a meal for someone, washing someone’s clothes, listening to grief that needs to be expressed, or keeping a watch over someone who is weak in the faith, we make a decision to act for the good of our spiritual family. We put others needs before our own. Many times we adapt our schedule to fit that of others to be of help. This is something at which the church in the past was very good. Today we are so wrapped up many times in our own lives that we fail to let the needs of others even register upon our subconscious, much less reach out with the decision to be of help to them. Let us make sure that we love one another so that everyone will know that we are his disciples.