“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one that this,
that he lay down his life for his friends.”
You may remember hearing the story of La’Darious Wylie, an 11-year old boy that literally laid down his life to save his sister from being hit by an oncoming car. These are the stories that give us faith in our fellow man. They are the ones that make us believe that our world is good.
Many of you know of a man named Jesus, a man who calls us friend, a man who laid down his life for his friend. If we are called to love each other the way Jesus loved us, does this mean we have to literally lay down our life for one another? Perhaps for some of us, in our lifetime it will mean just that and perhaps not. If at the present moment we are not literally laying down our life for someone else, how do we lean in to this command a little more deeply?
Start by thinking of laying down your life as putting the needs of others before yourself. As women, it seems as though this is part of our design. Usually we need reminders that a little self-care is good for our souls too! Generally, though, this applies to the people in our immediate life circles: our family members, our closest friends, maybe a neighbor or two, possibly some coworkers.
Let’s dig deeper ladies. Lets really push hard on this principle.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God sent Jesus because of his love for the world, the whole world and all the people in it. If we are to love as God does, we need to look at all people as friends. These are the people who look differently than us, live differently than us, and even believe differently than us.
So let me ask. Who is your friend?