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Live By His Example // John 13

Live By His Example // John 13

...love one another, even as I have loved you...
— John 13:34 NASB

Okay. I'm writing this at 11:30 on the night before I want to publish it. This isn't unfamiliar territory, but I feel lame that I'm in said territory again. I read John 13 and journaled this page while we were still in March, and I'm just now getting around to sharing it with you. I do have a few legitimate excuses, but the one that trumps them all is this: procrastination. You guys. I need to work on that. Seriously. 

TO DO:
☐ STOP PROCRASTINATING
☐ DO THE THING, ALREADY
☐ HAVE YOU *STILL* NOT DONE THE THING!?

I feel like a total hypocrite writing on this subject, because my relationships are in no way "in order." Nevertheless, it's the message God put on my heart, and it couldn't be more simple:

As I read, I felt like God was telling me all throughout chapter 13 to simply love, love, love (to the tune of the All You Need Is Love intro, obviously). And Jesus lays it out so clearly:

For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
— John 13:15 NASB

And what did He do to us, exactly? OH RIGHT. HE LOVED US. (He loved us so much that He died for us. No biggie.)

Loving is hard, sometimes. There is theology and psychology and sin-nature and human-nature and "yeah I love my neighbor but I wouldn't die for her -- she's such a grump!" and "sure I love him, but I don't approve of any of his life choices so I'm going to openly share my opinions with his friends and family while avoiding him directly" and "well yes, I love her as a Christian, but I don't like her as a person." (OH NO YOU DI'N'T!)

I mean, yeah. I'm feeling a bit snarky because I'm sleep deprived (#mombloggerlife), but really, when it comes down to it, it really is simple: to be like Christ, we must love one another

It's easy to get caught up in the details -- you know, that place where they say the devil is. 

We can pick apart anything we want to. We can pick apart ideas, ideals, beliefs, individuals... we can pull things apart to analyze them, and to apply our own definitions of worthiness to each individual piece of the puzzle, but that is not how God loves us! That isn't the example Jesus gave us! God just loves. Jesus just loves. And they love us wholly

This is getting long-winded, and I'm not gaining any hours of sleep. I'll leave it at this:

Loving isn't always easy, but we need to try to love anyway. Love means sacrifice, and that's scary, hard, and especially when you're selfish like me, it sometimes seems impossible or not even worth it. But we must love anyway.

I'm not implying that we should nurture sinful lifestyles or that we should be flip-floppy in our theology, I'm just suggesting that we should love people anyway. Love despite lifestyle details; love despite different theology and differences of opinion. All we really have to do is love each other. It can't be that hard...

The method Jesus gave us to preach His message to the world is through love. The world does not know we are His disciples through correct doctrine or big buildings, but through our love for one another.
— CFSLPB
 

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