Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 6th, 2021
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:12-13 (NIV)
No Greater Love
The number of Canadian Forces’ fatalities resulting from Canadian military activities in Afghanistan is the largest for any single Canadian military mission since the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. A total of 159 Canadian Forces personnel have been killed in the war since 2002. The first casualties occurred in the Tarnak Farm incident, in which four Canadians were killed and eight seriously wounded when a United States warplane dropped a bomb on a training exercise in the belief that the Canadians were enemy soldiers.
There are a lot of ways to express love and compassion – a hug, a kind word, a bouquet of flowers, taking a meal to someone who is going through a difficult time. There is one ultimate expression of love and Jesus speaks to this in John 15:12-13: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Followers of Jesus don’t have a choice here – Jesus even says that He is giving us a command. Listen carefully to what He says – we are to love others as Jesus loved us. And just in case you miss the extent of that love He reinforces it by reminding us that the greatest expression of love is to lay your life down for your friends. He was pointing to His own death, of course, that would provide our redemption. We may not have to physically lay down our life for another, although that is happening more and more for followers of Jesus around the globe these days. But you lay down your time, your energy, your finances in order to express Jesus’ love to others.
These have been words from the heart.