How do we love like Jesus? A reflection and an invitation ...
Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:51 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:51 p.m.
Jesus said, “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I have loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples — when they see the love you have for each other” (John 13:34,35 The Message).
We may tell people we love them, but do we love them like Jesus loves us? This was the question our guest minister, the Rev. Dan Gardinier, posed to our congregation on Sunday. He said, “We cannot say we love someone and mean it until we know where that person hurts."
This was an epiphany to me — I had never thought about love that way. It made sense.
Loving like Jesus means we must be willing to risk going deeper than casual conversation — to be vulnerable and share our stories and our brokenness with each other. It is of particular importance in our communities of faith where we worship together and are the Body of Christ together — the place where we strive to become family and love and accept each other in the midst of our flaws.
Are we willing to enter each other’s lives and love each other in our messiness? And we are all messy, make no mistake — Christ-followers are no exception. We all need to work on going deeper and being willing to love like Jesus did.
Are we, as the Body of Christ, willing to become broken together so that we may enter each other’s story?
If so, that is where we will meet Jesus.
Author and counselor Sonya Reeder, (who co-authored the book,“Listening In: Building Faith and Friendships through Conversations That Matter," winner of the "2015 Readers' Choice Award" from InterVarsity Press) will guide us on how to “listen well” and "go deeper” with others and have conversations that matter. We will also discuss the importance of sharing our stories and I will lead a segment on journaling our stories.
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