As Jesus Loved

In the message “Debt of Love” we saw that God loved us long before we ever knew Him, and loved us far more than we deserved; “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Our Heavenly Father sent His Son to die for the forgiveness of our sins “that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). And He sent His Spirit to comfort, guide, and strengthen us all the rest of our days.

God’s love has created a debt we can never fully repay, but it’s a debt of love we now honor by loving others; “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another” (Romans 13:8). As we reach out to those around us, we are actually reaching up and loving our Heavenly Father; “He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people” (Hebrews 6:10). We know we should love one another, but what is the proper expression of our love?

Jesus had gathered with His disciples for what would be their last meal together. While they were eating in the upper room, Jesus “showed them the full extent of His love” (John 13:1).

John 13:4-5
“He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.”

In this, His clear demonstration of love, the Creator of the Universe lowered Himself to the position of a common house servant and washed the feet of His disciples. His example of love was completely void of pride; there was no task too small or service too “low” for Jesus to perform. Only moments later Jesus told His disciples; “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).

Jesus was able to love with true humility and self-sacrifice because He was absolutely secure in His Heavenly relationship; “Jesus knew He had come from God and was returning to God” (John 13:3). Jesus knew who He was and where He was going; His self-esteem was independent of feedback from the world – independent of any appreciation He may have received in return. Jesus was sent to love, so He loved!

We are now sent to love with this same servant’s heart – a heart that simply considers the needs of others and then reaches out to “take care of My sheep” (John 21:16). Let’s secure our Heavenly relationship through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus and then live each day with a humble heart that only His security allows. Let’s love our Heavenly Father as we reach out to the world and love as Jesus loved.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries