12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
You see, one could read this and walk away perceiving that we are to Love, even to the point of ultimate sacrifice. Jesus wants to be our friend, He wants us to obey him, but he also wants us to Lay Down Our Lives for Him, as He laid down His for us.
When He says, "that someone lay down His life for his friends" yes, Jesus physically laid down His life for us, His friends. That we are His friends, if we do what He commands. To be an effective friend we have to love in this same manner. The laying down of our life for Him, consists in dying to ourselves, our worldly inclinations. It consists in the willingness to loose the major part of our will for His.
Our sacrifice (whatever it is, small or large) is so insignificant in comparison to His. So less painful, embarrassing, humiliating! Stop to think of what He truly gave up and endured for this privilege, He gave to us the privilege of being reconciled to Him and ultimately. reconciled with the Father!
You received the best GIFT, 2000+ years ago, from a friend who knew you before you did!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan -SMZ3D ت ™ © ®
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