“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
-John 13:34-35 NIV
It’s clear from Jesus’ words that we are to love others. In fact, we MUST. What may not be as clear is how we are to love others. Jesus says we are to love others as He loved us. How exactly did Jesus love us? He loved us by sacrificing, suffering, and dying. Now, hold the phones. I’m not saying you need to die to show your love for others, that likely wouldn’t do them any good. The point is that as you put love into action for the benefit of others, you will likely have to make sacrifices of your time and your money. You may be inconvenienced, you may experience suffering. Real love isn’t easy, just ask Jesus. Jesus gives us a new command, and it is that we must love other people. We don’t have to agree with them, enable them, or even like them, but we must love them in action. Sacrifice for their good. Give of your time and energy. Encourage, serve, provide, just as Jesus provided us with something we never would have acquired on our own, forgiveness and eternal life.