Sunday, December 13th
“Love One Another”
Passage: John 15:9-12
Dr. Sara Fletcher Harding
Love. It is the essential and central component of Jesus’ teaching to his disciples in the Gospel of John. In today’s passage from the Farewell Discourse, Jesus commands his disciples to love one another as he has loved them. Here, Jesus also provides the standard for that love, for the love with which he loves them is that with which the Father has loved him.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to an amazing kind of love. It is the love with which God sent his Son into the World. It is the love that brings light into the world and that which darkness cannot overcome. It is this love which is the source of God’s joy and our own. It is the love that we celebrate at Christmas and the love toward others that we are called to emulate throughout the year. While the depth of this love may overwhelm us, we are meant to dwell in it, to breathe it, and to let it fill our way of being in the world. Jesus commands us to love one another.
As we prepare for love coming down at Christmas, prepare also to accept this gift. Prepare to be loved abundantly, unconditionally, and overwhelmingly. And then prepare to dwell in it, to be transformed by it, and to testify to it by loving those around you in the same way that you are loved by God.
Prayer: O 'God of Christmas, That I might love others as you have loved me. Help me to know your great love, to dwell in that love, and to share this love with all whom I encounter. Amen.