Today’s devotion for today is based on John 15:12,13, “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
When Jesus talks about love, he is not just talking about a feeling of warm affection toward another person for that kind of love is an emotion that we can fall in and out of fairly quickly.
In this reading, Jesus teaches us about real love, or, what he calls, greater love. This sort of love is not based on our emotions. It’s not self-seeking, nor is it fleeting. It is a form of love that is costly. It involves sacrifice. It might even cost us our lives. Have you ever wondered what you might be willing to suffer and endure for the sake of someone else? We can miss the mark in our human weakness, and we may fail to show this type of love. But even then, God wants to forgive us and hold us in everlasting love.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for laying down your life for me. Forgive me for the times I have loved selfishly, and help me to be more like you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.