Thursday – John 15:9-14

“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. 

I love to watch the videos of colour-blind people when they receive the special glasses that allow them to see the whole spectrum of colour for the first time. They are often too overwhelmed with what they see and can only cry as they have no words. It got me thinking, how do you describe a colour to someone who has never seen colour before?

To understand what love truly is, we need to see the world and each other’s life through the lens of the life of Jesus. “He, who being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!”

When I picture his life (and I can only see in part now) I feel overwhelmed, speechless, I want to cry at the beauty. Much like the people who see colour for the first time.
I need to bask in his love, to be filled with his love, to let his love overflow to the people around me.

Without his love I would resent dying to myself and loving sacrificially, especially those that I don’t particularly like. But when I remain in his love, when I look at him, when his love fills me, it is not me. It’s him.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.