How To Love
Just a few hours before His death, Jesus called His boys together and said, “A new commandment I give you.” What was it? Not be more committed, be more zealous, or be more dedicated. But “Love one another as I have loved you.” He did not give them ten commandments, or five; just one.
Love was to be the distinguishing mark of His disciples–their logo. “By this all will know that you are my disciples.” By this kind of love–“as I have loved you.”
People use the word love for so many things today, it can be confusing. But Jesus took the time to make sure His disciples understood exactly what He was talking about. Before telling them what He wanted them to do, He exemplified it. He showed them by His actions how they were to live and love.
Now before the Feast of the Passover… Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.(John 13:1ff)
He was showing them what it means to “love..as I have loved you.” He was demonstrating it for all to see.
So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
Loving as Jesus loves can be dirty work. And smelly at times, but it is spiritually very rewarding!
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Without words, but by His works, He preached to them one of His most important sermons. And He did so while going through the most difficult period of His life, using only a basin and a towel. He showed them love. And then assured them that if they choose to live and love like this, they will be richly blessed.
Now, here is an important point to note. How can you love as He loves you unless you first know His love for you personally? So the place to begin is with knowing how totally in love Jesus is with you and how He Himself “washes your feet” daily. The more clearly you can see Him “washing your feet” today, the more effortlessly you will wash the feet of others,.
Child of God, you can live and love as He. All you need is a basin and a towel and some hands that are willing to wash dirty feet. And of course, a daily revelation of how much Jesus loves you!
Now, go wash some “dirty feet” today, just for the fun of it, and watch God change lives through you!