When our leadership team at Church carried out our recent exercise on values one that we identified was “to love everybody”.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
(John 13 vs. 34 – 35)
I have always thought of these words as a bit of a challenge because, let’s face it, some people are more loveable than others. It’s easy to love those we like, who encourage us and make us feel good. These words, however, command that I should love all people as Jesus has loved me.
I have, sometimes, found myself wondering if this is possible. Can I really love others the same way that Jesus love me?
As I have been thinking about this, I began to understand that it all depends on the way that I view others. If I remember that “others” are as loved by God as I am. If I see them as somebody for whom Christ went to the cross for, as much as He went to the cross for me, then that affects the way that I view them. Mother Theresa put it wonderfully when she said;
“I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.”
Love isn’t easy. It is a challenge but, if we focus first and foremost on our love for Christ then it will make a world of difference.