Love One Another As I Love You
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)
This has always been one of my favorite Bible pasages. It was the Gospel reading at our wedding. God has truly blessed me through my husband, my best friend. We have learned from Jesus’ example the true meaning of friendship. We have come to rely on God and His love as we live out our marriage vows, for God’s forgiveness and His strength.
One of the special marks of favor shown in the Scriptures is to be called a friend of God. Jesus calls the disciples his friends rather than his servants. What does it mean to be a friend of God? Friendship certainly entails a relationship of love which goes beyond mere duty or loyalty. Jesus’ relationship with his disciples was his personal and unconditional love for them. He gave his very own life to bring abundant everlasting life of the eternal Father to those who believed in Him.
Jesus promises that those who abide in His love will bear much fruit for the kingdom of God – fruit that will last for eternity. If you seek to unite your heart with the heart of Jesus, you will bear great fruit in your life – the fruit of joy, peace, friendship, and love that lasts forever.
make me fruitful in Your love, mercy, kindness and compassion.
May there be nothing in my life which keeps me from Your love and joy.
Financial Analyst Lead, Avera
ACTS 1:15-17, 20-26 • PSALM 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 • JOHN 15:9-17