John 15:12-13

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

There are all kinds of rules we humans make up that we say are necessary to be a “good” follower of Christ. But Jesus basically boils it down to one thing: love. And He defines what love is with his very life. He pours out His life for the good of all. Author Ilia Delio calls Jesus a “whole-maker.” In her book, The Emergent Christ, she writes that “Jesus’ whole-making is self-surrender for a greater good, and anyone who makes whole by self-surrender for a greater good is following Jesus, whether or not they are conscious of doing so” (p. 69). Jesus shows God’s mercy and compassion to everyone. No one is left out. Jesus loves even those who persecute Him and He refuses to respond to violence with violence. He shows us the ultimate unconditional love…laying down His life and forgiving His killers from the cross. The command (not suggestion) from Jesus is to do the same. Are we doing this as a Church? Are we doing this as a nation? Are we doing this as a community? Each of us has to ask, “Am I doing this?” It starts with you and me…and forgiveness is the key.

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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