Do I love my husband? Of course I do. How do I show it? Normally, when I want to show my husband I love him, I’ll make an extra effort to do something that is important to him. For instance, he enjoys a clean home. So many times when I begin to clean – knowing that with 2 children it will never be perfect all the time – I look around the house and choose what I think would be most important to him. Clutter bothers him but he couldn’t care less about closets. So I work on picking up. Sticky counters drive him crazy but he’s never complained about the shower. So I spray and wipe down the counters. I show him I love him by caring about what he cares about.
Do I love Jesus? Of course I do. How do I show it? I go to church. I pray. I teach a Wednesday night class in church. I get up early to read His Word.
All those things are good, but what did Jesus say would show that we love him?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14: 15)
“The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me” (John 14: 21)
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John 14: 23)
Three times in one chapter Jesus says if we love him we will keep his commandments. Which commandments, I wondered?
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another” (John 13: 34)
“This is My command: love one another as I have loved you” (John 15: 12)
“This is what I command you: love one another” (John 15: 17)
Three times Jesus answers this question. His command is that we love one another.
Sometimes I can get so busy serving Jesus that I don’t realize that if I love him, I will care about what he cares about. The marks of a modern-day good Christian take a backseat to what Jesus repeated over and over: love one another.
I may be at the church every time the doors are open, but if I don’t stop and speak to someone new to the church and welcome her, am I loving one another?
I may pray for a friend in the hospital but if I don’t go a little out of my way and visit, am I loving one another?
I may teach a class on Wednesday nights at church but if I don’t check in with one who hasn’t been in a few weeks, am I loving one another?
I may get up early to read God’s Word but if I don’t put it into practice when I see a need to be met that day, am I loving one another?
If I love Jesus, I’ll care about what he cares about. I’ll open my eyes to opportunities to love. That may be as simple as looking someone in the eye and smiling at a fast-food restaurant. Or it may be as complex as making meals for a shut-in or a family who has just taken in a foster child.
If I love Jesus, I’ll love one another. Whatever form that may take from one day to the next. If Jesus said it three times the night before he was to die, I think he meant it.