They Will Know Us by Our Love – November 9 – Luke 22 & John 13
Today’s Tasting: Luke 22 & John 13
Both Luke 22 and John 13 tell of Jesus’ last night with the disciples. Jesus’ shares the Passover meal with them as he teaches us the sacred right of what we now refer to as the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper. In John, we learn about service to others as Jesus washes the feet of the disciples and this is where Jesus gives them a new commandment “love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).
This part of each of the gospels is both sad and beautiful. Sad because we know that Jesus is about to be arrested and suffer great pain and humiliation before being crucified. Beautiful because we get a greater glimpse into love for us…a love that is so deep that even knowing what he was about to experience, he did it anyway. I never cease to be astounded by the courage and steadfastness that Jesus displayed during this time…and He did this for you and for me.
Jesus tells that “all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”. What does “love for one another” look like? Here are a few ways you can show this kind of love:
- Show patience – instead of yelling at the car that cut you off in traffic this morning, bless them that they may find peace
- Be kind – a smile and a thank you goes a long way…when was the last time you asked the person ringing up you groceries how their day was going?
- Do something nice for a stranger – maybe pay for the coffee of the person in line behind you
- Be generous with your gifts – God gives each of us gifts so that we may share them with others…be generous in your sharing and expect nothing in return
I hope this list gets you thinking. Regardless of our individual circumstances, we can all find ways to show that we are disciples of Jesus.
We would love for you to add to our list…share with us some of the ways you show your love or if you have received Jesus’ inspired love, we’d love to hear about that too.
Tomorrow’s Delight: John 14-17
Hugs & Blessings,
Alive by His Word says
Monica, this is a great and practical list of ways we may show others the love of Christ. Thanks for sharing this with us. My granddaughter, Emily Kate, is sitting beside me while I am reading. She asked why I am reading my devotions. I replied, “So we may know how to show your baby brother Jesus love as we take care of him today. Even loving and taking care of our little one will show others His love. Have a wonderful day!