Smelly feet

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This morning I preached on one of the toughest topics, love.  Jesus said;

 

“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)

 Love is difficult because, let’s face it, people can be difficult.

The whole setting of the passage in John’s gospel is the last supper.  Jesus is demonstrating the full extent of His love.  He shows His humility by washing the disciples feet – as Adrian Rodgers once said

You cannot look down on somebody whilst washing their feet

(Adrian Rodgers)

He shows them, in the symbols of broken bread and poured out wine, the price that He paid for our salvation, how He is ready to give up His life for His friends.  Jesus standard of love is high and as our main verse says, Jesus calls His church to follow His example.  Tertullian is famously quoted as saying;

See how these Christian love one another

Earlier on this week, Nicky Gumbel posted this on his Twitter feed

The church should be famous for its love. Unconditional love breaks down barriers, puts people back on their feet, restores and heals.

(Nicky Gumbel)

So, how can we learn to love as Jesus wants us to love?

I think Christians will be at their best once they learn to wash feet.  After all, if it was good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for us.

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