Love

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

This past year I have witnessed two acts of love that stand out to me. I am aware of these events that have been bona fide signs of love. Each congregation experienced one of these acts of love.

Late last spring, Mister Mt. Olivet* had a power line slam him to the ground. This happened while Mister Mt. Olivet was trimming trees in his front yard. While Mister Mt. Olivet was recuperating, a man from Mt. Olivet came by to finish trimming the trees and cleaned up the yard. This is love. This is what foot washing is. This is how Christians serve. This is how we know we are not greater than one another.

This past fall, Mr. Gladeville* was unable to be on his own. Every Sunday I would notice a different man from the church, not being present in worship. Then I saw a sign-up sheet on the table in the Fellowship Hall. The Gladeville men were taking turns staying with Mister Gladeville so Mrs. Gladeville* would be able to play the piano for Sunday morning worship! This is love. This is what foot washing is. This is how Christians serve. This is how we know we are not greater than one another.

Jesus, our Lord and teacher, showed us how to love. Jesus showed us how to serve. By hearing Jesus’ command to love, we know what we are to do as followers of Christ. By actually loving as Jesus’ commanded, everyone will know we are Jesus’ disciples.

There are most likely other examples of acts of love being done by disciples of Jesus in these two churches. We don’t parade our accomplished acts of love. Yet, we do serve Christ and one another. It is love for Jesus which compels us to love one another.

In the years to come, I hope you are able to love as Jesus commanded. May we find many blessings as we love one another.

(*Names are changed to protect the privacy of individuals. The made- up names do not reflect anything other than privacy protection.)

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