Hiya friends! I’m trying something new today – linking up with some new friends over at Hearts On Guard for their GROW in His Word Link-up.
Not a lot of time this morning so I’m going to write this out with no pretty graphics. Boo. It’s okay though. Here’s my raw, minimally-edited experience of John 13:34 & 35, based on the GROW acronym.
Holy Spirit, You’re our teacher. It’s Your job to reveal the heart of the Father to us. Would you lead me and speak to me as I read this morning? The goal in all of this is to intimately know You, Lord. I’m after Your heart.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. ~John 13:34-35
What is it that empowers us to love well, to love as He’s loved us?
What stands out to me in reading this? A couple of things:
- It’s easy to love lots of people from a distance, and loving from a distance doesn’t make our love less valid. But, it’s much, much harder to love the ones that God puts in our face every. single. day. Our kiddos. Our husbands. Maybe our parents or siblings. Those who’ve hurt our hearts deeply. Maybe those in our circle of friends or our church family who are difficult to love. The only way we’re going to be able to love well in the face of day-to-day monotony, or in the face of pain inflicted by a person? It’s this:
- We love as He has loved us. As we are immersed in a heart-level revelation of the unconditional extravagance of the Father’s love for us, we grow in our ability to love others with steadfast love. In the mundane of day-in, day-out life. In the midst of getting on each other’s nerves. In the face of having been hurt. We only love well to the degree that our hearts are bathed in the revelation of how deeply He loves us.
- And- it’s as we experience His love in our darkest places and learn to love others with the same love- that the world will know we’re His.
I feel challenged today to sit before Him and ask for a deepened revelation of His affection for me, even in the midst of all my yuck and failure.
How ’bout you, friend? Does the Holy Spirit highlight anything in particular to your heart as you examine these verses? I’d love to hear – either in the comments here or over at Hearts On Guard. Feel free to link up and join the fun!