This is what I tell you to do: Love each other just as I have loved you. No one can have greater love than to give his life for his friends.
—John 15:12-14 (NLV)
In today’s reading, Jesus gives his disciples a very specific directive. One which leaves no room for confusion or second-guessing.
He tells them to love each other, just as he loves them — using himself as the standard to underline his statement even further.
Then he punctuates his command by telling them that the ultimate display of love is a willingness to sacrifice their life for their friends’ life.
After he said that, I’m sure they felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility for each other.
It’s clear to me that there was no doubt in their hearts and minds that the best demonstration of their love for Christ was to love each other just as deeply as he loved them.
He’d already told them that the best way to show their love is to keep his commands, and then this was the best way for them to show the world how much they love Jesus.
God’s expectations for you aren’t different. He wants you to love others with the same enthusiasm that he loves you. Because it’s through your love for others that the world learns that God is everything you claim he is.