Week of November 12 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: John 15:12-13

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Reflect: In addition to commanding his followers to love one another, what else does Jesus declare about those who follow Him?

Consider: How is it possible for Jesus to command us to love one another? Can true love be commanded? You must keep in mind that Christian love is not basically a “feeling”; it is an act of the will. The proof of our love is not in our feelings but in our actions, even to the extent of laying down our lives for Christ and for one another (1 John 3:16). Jesus laid down His life for both His friends and His enemies! (Rom. 5:10) While the emotions are certainly involved, real Christian love is an act of the will. It means treating others the way God treats us.[1]

Respond: In what ways can you “lay down your life” for others? What hinders you from doing so? Commit these situations to God and seek His strength to enable you to truly love others as He has loved you.

 

[1] Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 357–358.