Love, as I have loved
Today's devotion is based on John 13:34, "Love one another as I have loved you."
What an impossible task Jesus has asked us to perform! How can I possibly love as he has loved? His love was perfect. He loved the unlovable – lepers, sinners, those despised by society at the time. His love was so amazing that he willingly took my sins and yours and paid a horrible price.
And yet, in other places in Scripture, we are told that Jesus does not ask us to do great and wonderful deeds of love. Rather than doing heroic and difficult acts of love for our Savior, we are encouraged to show love in all aspects of our daily life, even the simplest. Jesus tells us that even our smallest acts are acts of love to him. Rejoice that as you serve others, you are serving your Savior.
Please pray with me: Lord, we thank you for the love that took you to the cross for my sake. Fill my heart with your love so that it may overflow in acts of love to those around me without any conscious effort on my part. Amen.