The Gift of Example
Steven Dyess, State Missions Catalyst MWBC
Read John 13:34; 15:12,17; Romans 13:8; 1John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11, 12; and 2 John 5.
"I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another." John 13:34 (CSB)
The words of Jesus to His disciples, recored in John 13:34, are just as binding a command for us today.
The context of John 13:34 was the Last Supper. This was the last meal the Lord shared with His disciples before His crucifixion. Even as Jesus faced the agony of the cross, the disciples argued about who was greatest (Luke 22:24).
Jesus then shocked His disciples. He gave a living example of what it means to serve in the Kingdom: He washed their feet, something that the one of lowest rank would do.
The ultimate example which our Lord gave to the world was His willingness to give up His life in love, not only for His disciples, but also for all those who would receive His gift.
A pastor once said, "Example is more forceful than precept. People look at me for six days a week to see what I mean on the seventh day." Loving one another is not something to talk about, but something to do.
PRAYER: Lord, may the love You showed and continue to give be always before us as the greatest gift ever given. Open our eyes to the way we should be living and the example of love we should be giving, not only to our families, but to others as well.