“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.”
From John 15:9-17
I admit to lots of anger over the suffering of those I have been given to love. Whether they are my own family members or children starving to death half a world away, I find it difficult to accept that there actually is nothing I can do to help. My frustration is amplified by my conviction that our problems can be solved if we consider them from a loving perspective. This is not a Pollyanna or pie-in-the-sky impossibility. Years of work with some tough youngsters taught me otherwise. When I approached a troubled student with sincerity and genuine concern, he or she sensed this and responded in kind.
What a different world this would be if we set aside our own pride and our own agendas. What a different world this would be if we did lay down our lives for one another.
Loving God, your Son Jesus laid down his life for me. If I had been the only soul in need of redemption, He would have laid down his life just the same. Help me to return this amazing love in kind.
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