Candidates’ Sunday: Be Obedient – Why Can’t We Love Like Jesus?
In this sermon on loving like Jesus, we are challenged to live up to God's commission to sacrifice ourselves for others.
Why Can’t We Love Like Jesus?
No matter how hard we try, it doesn’t work. We get in the way!
9 ‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: love each other.
The Supreme Command: Love One Another
John 15:12 NRSV
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
How can love be a command? Love cannot be forced.But Jesus’ command is not an instruction as much as it is a natural law. In other words, it’s the way love works.
John 15:16 NRSV
You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.
Each one of us is commissioned for this task.
John 15:9 NRSV
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
The love we need to love others as Jesus loves us is found in the inner life of God.
We Are Commissioned to Love Sacrificially
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
When we are fulfilling our commission from Jesus then our lives are marked by the features of Jesus’ life.
John 15:13 NRSV
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Loving like Jesus involves sacrifice. We may not have to die for someone, but we practice sacrificial love in many other ways.
Where are You?
Is your life bringing God glory? Is it an example of discipleship? In short, are you being obedient?
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