John 13:34 (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Flying through the air from the foul line, seemingly suspended in the air as everyone tried to stop him, dropping as many points as he wanted in any given game… In the 80’s & 90’s, everybody wanted to “be like Mike.” During his playing days in the world of basketball, there was and some may argue never has been a player his equal. I remember practicing out in the backyard, hoping to one day be like him. As fate would have it, I would only grow to 5-foot 3 3/4-inches tall. While I could legitimately touch the rim, I certainly was not doing so from the foul line. My dreams of being like Mike died before they ever really began.
This new devotional series is not going to be about Michael Jordan, it is going to be about someone worthy of our constant attempt to emulate Him. The person we should be trying to imitate is none other than Jesus. We will look at the characteristics that make Him and Him alone worthy of our honor and praise.
Love As He Loved Us
Jesus’ love was unconditional. We do not have to act a certain way to obtain Jesus’ love. We do not have to give Him anything. There are absolutely no conditions. Is that the way we treat others? We must look past the differences we may have with someone and instead see the person Jesus sees in them. He sees them worthy to die for, the least we can do is love them.
Romans 5:8 offers a wonderful reminder… (8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… We have all been there, a sinner condemned and unclean! Each of us needs a Savior. Each of us are unworthy of that Savior. We are absolutely no different than the unbeliever, the only difference is that we have put our trust in Him and are granted an eternal reward for doing so.
We must love God’s children enough to care about them in whatever condition we find them. There is nothing better than when we are put in a position to show unbelievers the love that has changed our lives. Unfortunately, they do not always see that love through the judgment we are imposing. Should we love the sinner? 100%, absolutely, yes!
Everything we do in this world should reflect the love the Lord has shown to us. We should be willing to love sinner and believer alike. Love the people in this world today, after all, whether they know it or not, they are children of God!
John 13:35 (NKJV)
35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”