Jesus tells His disciples in John 15:12 that “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” In case there is any misunderstanding, John 15:17 emphasises the point – “These things I command you, that you love one another.” What exactly does “loving one another” look like? Should we be more polite, increase our donations, open our homes, or just smile more often? How do we work out loving one another as He loved us?
It is impossible for humans to fully grasp the truth of Gethsemane and Calvary. One can intellectually relate to Christ’s suffering in the Garden and on the Cross from an historical perspective or one may experience their spiritual impact as a new creation in Christ. But what is it possible to know?
Recently Baber, Bo, and I went to the First Christian Church of Mineral Wells for an evening event. I can’t imagine what could have possibly improved the setting.The church itself is a beautiful stone building with expansive grounds behind. Once we walked over a footbridge we were in a magical place of carpet-like grass, soft filtered afternoon sunlight and what seemed to be a canopy of tree branches sheltering all in attendance from the outside world. The air was either perfectly warm or cool, depending on your perception. A whisper of breeze kept us all delightfully comfortable. Exactly the right backdrop for the message.