Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the message preached the previous Sunday. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read John 15:12-17
Jesus commands us to love one another. What does that love look like? He uses himself and his relationship with us as an example: “as I have loved you.” First he tells us the absolute nature of his own love (v. 13)—Christ died for us! There is no greater act of love than that. He goes on to explain that he no longer calls us servants, but friends. He does this for two reasons: (1) so that we will bear fruit, and (2) so that he will be able intercede on our behalf before God the Father. Jesus is the perfect example of friendship.
Question for Reflection: How do you show love for the people that you know? What can you do to make your love more Christlike?
Read Col 3:12-14
In this section, we see that we are to put on our new selves. Our new selves have a lot of good qualities, such as compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Ultimately, though, the subject of other people comes up. Sometimes dealing with other people isn’t the easiest thing. But we’re called to “bear with one another” and “forgive one another.” Remember the example of Christ in the last passage? If anyone knows something about bearing with another person’s faults and foibles, it’s Jesus. Yet, he died in our place, forgave our sins, and called us friends! Now he calls us to do the same for each other.
Question for Reflection: Do you ever have difficulty loving people in your life? What can you do to bear with them and forgive them better?
Written by Amy and Wayne Giacalone