Love Each Other

Lauren Rodriguez

Heartland Administrative Assistant

One of my favorite stories in the Bible happens in the book of John chapter 13.

Jesus is having what would be some of his last interactions with His disciples, John states in verse one, “Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father”

Jesus knew that within 24 hours He would be at the cross and yet, He chose to be with His disciples. He chose to eat with them; He chose to encourage them; and, He chose to wash their feet! He then gave his last instructions in John 13:34-35 stating, “A new command I give you: Love on another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, IF you love on another”.

Jesus already knew of the things to come. He knew the trials and tribulation the disciples would face, and His last advice to them was to love each other.

As followers of Him, He urged them to come together in love.  This story is heavy on my heart today because we are living in a time where the roots of division seem to be sprouting their heads everywhere I look. I’ve seen many Christians in the last few months say horrible things to each other. I realize we are close to the election and the stakes are high, and people may have differing opinions than others, but no matter the outcome – I’m encouraging us to keep love at the forefront of our actions.

This is a time where the world is looking to the church to see our response and my prayer is that they would see love from us!

Instead of tearing each other apart with our actions and words through social media posts or any other form of media, we should encourage each other. Jesus, knowing He was about to be betrayed, knowing He was about to be crucified, chose to encourage and love the very people He knew would betray Him. So, during this crucial time, let us stand for righteousness and justice. Let us stand for Kingdom principles, while at the same time letting the love of Christ emanate from us to transform this world—which is what we have been called to do.
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