John 15: 12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
Jesus commands us to love each other just as he has loved us! Jesus was in close relationship with his disciples. He was not an aloof leader, but a true friend to his followers. Are those in your church family some of your closest friends? Jesus desires that we would love each other as friends and be devoted to each other as family in the Lord. In order for this to happen we need to spend quality time together. Jesus demonstrated this by living alongside his disciples for three years. Love is not just a thought or a feeling. It is the active way we are devoted to one another and our willing to lay down our lives for each other. Jesus says that when we truly love each other in this way, the world will know that we are His disciples.
Prayer Focus: Pray about the relationships you have at church. Do these relationships line up with this love Jesus is talking about? Ask Jesus to help you strengthen and grow in relationship with others in our church.