The first thing I read this morning was “Love one another like I loved you.” That’s Jesus command in John 13:34.
The first thing I thought this morning was: I can’t do that.
I can’t be gracious. I can’t be compassionate. I can’t be generous. I can’t forgive. I can’t turn the other check to my assailants. I can’t be kind. I can’t love my enemy. I can’t…….
My second thought was: That’s the whole point.
I can’t do any of those things. I fail right out of the starting block. The only way I can love in a way that resembles how Jesus loves me is if I totally surrender my life and will, my power and control to him (uh oh….another “can’t” could creep in here) so that I am yielded to God in entirety.
The only way I could love like that is if my entire person is so filled with the Spirit of God and yielded to His presence that Jesus is able to love them, through me, like he loved me in the first place. That’s the only way.
I must set myself aside. (Another “can’t”??) Without thinking, I must dive into the deep end and let God move through me, at the impulse of His love.
Then I thought this: I have been crucified with Christ. I am dead. It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And to the extent that I do live, its only by faith in Jesus ability to live and love through me. (That’s Galations 2:20)
It takes courage to allow Jesus to live through you. But that’s a thought for another day.
By: J. Barry Watts Barry@JBarryWatts.com