“This is my commandment, that you love one another”
-John 15: 12
When we gather as the body of Christ love abides. At least it should. But it’s not always easy, sometimes it is hard to love for any number of reasons. Hard reasons, good reasons, trying and difficult reasons. Jesus was not always well loved, think of all the people in the bible who criticized and rejected Jesus, it was a lot. Through all of it Jesus continued his ministry, he kept the vision of love at the forefront, he led others by example. Examples of unmerited love, of grace; for everyone. For everyone. Not just those who agreed with him or praised him or told everyone how great he was. Love came to Jesus just as it comes to us, through God who loved us first. Jesus asks nothing of his disciple community that he has not already modeled in the abiding love which he has with the Father. In this way abiding, loving, and keeping commandments are all bound up together in a mutual relationship. How can we find and model this love in our relationships? Jesus loves you and all your neighbors, let’s look together at how we can do the same.