Love one another.
On the verge of the biggest betrayal of all mankind, Jesus leaves these words with His disciples. He knows what Judas is about to do, and it breaks his heart wide open. His heart isn’t hurting for Himself; His heart is truly hurting for Judas. He knows the repercussions that he will face. He knows the consequences. He knows that the other disciples are going to have ill-feelings toward Judas.
When someone hurts your best friend like that, or even you, it takes a while to move past it. In fact, as humans we usually can’t put it behind us. Let’s just be honest – the hurt lingers.
I had a whole paragraph written here about loving others. I was going to tell you that nationality, gender, and religion didn’t matter. I was going to share some ways to exhibit love to others- but then God put me in check. Sometimes it’s easier to “love” a broad group of people that you don’t even know than to love one single individual that wronged you.
I have to ask myself these questions: Am I truly loving everyone? What about the people along the way that have ripped my heart out? What about my “Judas”? Am I able to love them?
Conviction. I’ve got work to do in that area.
“Shortly after washing His disciples’ feet, something usually done by the lowliest of servants, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34–35).