Verse of the Day 1-11-21

This verse and the previous verse sum up what it means to be a follower of Christ. Verse 34 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus was not talking about love in the way that most of you will see love. Most of you see love as this romantic feeling that only involves the emotions. Or you will view love as something you feel towards a member of your family something more like affection. In John’s gospel the Greek word that we translate as “love” is agapao. This word speaks of more than a deep personal affection, but it instead speaks of total commitment involving the entire personality, but is primarily a decision of the mind and will. Jesus does not call you to just like him. He is calling you to be total committed to him. To willing give everything you have to following him and obeying him. This is the “love” that Jesus showed us: he chose to die for you to take away your sins. Paul says it this way, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV). Because Jesus loved us enough to die for us, don’t you think that we should put aside our petty differences and love each other with the kind of love that Jesus showed.

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