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Embarrassingly, even when I’m not behind the wheel, most of the time my attitudes are driven by the way I want to be treated. It’s not that I’m not a great person to hang out with; but I’m a whole lot more agreeable when I get my way or when my needs are being met.
John 13:34 (New American Standard Bible)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Jesus modeled this best. While living on this earth, He never exalted Himself or demanded His rights above others, when He had every right to do so. Instead, He cared more about those around Him than He did Himself.
When we put the needs of others ahead of our own – or even better – when we go further and seek to protect another’s rights (such as the preborn, or victims of bullying), we are demonstrating God’s love that is in us. And by doing so, we will also be spending less time worrying how unfair life is.
Heavenly Father, please forgive me for my selfishness! As I spend time in Your Word (and in Your presence), please continue to change my heart. I desire to love others with the same kind of love You consistently show me.
This week’s goal:
As I meditate on (with the intent to memorize) this week’s verse, I will ask the Holy Spirit to show me when I’m about to put my needs ahead of someone else’s. In those instances, I will ask God to show me how to show love by yielding my rights and desires.
Let’s discuss practical ways we can live out John 13:34:
- What would it cost you to give up your rights (in order to show Christlike love) just once this week? How much would you gain?
- What example(s) in the Bible helps you to see God’s love in an active way?
- In what ways has Jesus shown His love to you, personally?
- List at least one way you can love someone at home, school or work this week with the same kind of love Jesus has shown you.
It's amazing how many opportunities present themselves to show Christ's love! Meditating on this verse, throughout the day, will likely remind me to let someone go ahead of me in the grocery line, or maybe (while driving) even allow the late merger in!
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