Recently I’ve been compelled to do this post…which I think really applies to my life and maybe yours.
There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
Have we ever thought about what that verse meant? I help out at a kids club and the teacher was saying that we look at that verse and think “of course, I’d lay down my life…why are you even asking me that silly question”. I’d like to think that most of us would lay down our lives for our siblings, family, and friends. But I’d like to ask you…would you lay down your life for that person who is SO annoying and you just really dislike him/her? Would you lay down your life for the one person that you just can’t love?
And if you’re like me…of course you wouldn’t…right?
I have people I don’t exactly like and sometimes I just feel like throwing them out the window when they get super annoying………you know the feeling when you meet them in the hallway and you’re just seething on the inside out of spite for some of the smallest things they might have done to you.
John 15:13 I think, really tells us all we need to know. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
In that verse, it talks about laying down our lives for our friends…but didn’t Jesus lay down His life for people who hated him so much they wanted to have nothing to do with Him. Jesus went through so much pain…why?
Because he loves us…all of us! Even the person that annoys you every time you see them…because in God’s eyes…we’re sinners and we need His forgiveness and His love! Without love…we’re nothing!
1 Corinthians 13 says, Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
So I want to ask you, next time you see that person that just tikes you off…remember to be patient, be kind, and most of all remember that love endures all things!
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Sorry if that post was thrown together and a little off subject sometimes!