This was such a special night. A night when Jesus provided his disciples (present and future) with beautiful promises for those that choose to serve Him.
The Lord gave them a new command that night (and it still holds true for us today).
A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
I struggle sometimes in my friendships with other believers (other disciples of Jesus). We can really be hard on each other. Amen?
As Christian women we certainly don’t set the best of examples for others when we publically debate over theology, judge one another for our actions without being aware of someone’s complete situation, put our “best” face forward instead of being stripped bare before others as was demonstrated on this Holy Thursday so many years ago.
I write this, not in a spirit of condemnation because I too am guilty of this, but in a spirit of desire: desiring to follow after the command that Jesus left the night before He carried our sins to the cross.
Jesus kept talking that night and would repeat His words about loving one another.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends….This is my command: Love each other. John 15: 12-13, 17
A great way to lay down our life, our flesh for our friends is to crucify the need to be right.
The need to have the last word. The need to be vindicated. The need to be acknowledged.
Today, I am asking my God to bring to my remembrance times that I have not put loving my friends, my sisters in Christ ahead of my own wants, desires and needs.
Wash me, Lord, of selfish ambition, pride, haughtiness, sinful anger. Let me see others through your merciful and tender eyes. Help me be the friend you want me to be, demonstrating your love to everyone I come in contact with. Give me the courage to say I am sorry when I miss the mark and the tenacity to carry on. Through your strength Jesus, only through your strength. Wash me, Lord. Thank you for being the example of what true relationships should look like. I am in awe of your glory. ~Amen.