“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
The real question here for us is not “what is new about this command?” No, the real question is “how will I obey this command today?”
Matthew 23:12 (ESV): Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
I can somewhat understand how I can exalt myself, both inwardly and publicly, in various ways. I have exalted myself on more than one occasion. I’ve then just as often been humbled (or humiliated) in the aftermath. It’s interesting how humiliation is most often a public thing. I rarely find myself humiliated in my private thoughts…
So where does the ability to humble myself come from? How can I, being imperfect and human and stupid and insensitive, make myself humble? Is that even possible?
I love Tim Keller’s quote: “Humility, true humility, is not thinking less of yourself. It’s thinking of yourself less.”
And there may be the necessary act in humbling myself. I can’t actively, in a sense, humble myself. But I do take on the attitude and action of Christ-like humility simply by thinking of myself (about myself) less.
So today, Lord, help me to think of others more: how I can serve? how can I pray? how can I actively make the lives of others better?
God rescued us from self-love through the ultimate act of self-less love: his love displayed on the cross. Jesus is love, for God is love. If you know God through Jesus, you have the inexhaustible supply of his Holy love filling you. What will you do with that love today?
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
The truth that we believe is not the “truth” of this world. It shouldn’t be surprising to us when our claim of eternal truth from God is rejected by the thinkers of this present age, this present darkness. Let us love them with an other-worldly love, even as we proclaim to them an other-worldly truth.
Can you imagine this…that the very love of all eternity with which the Father has loved the Son is in *us*, through Christ? What will you do with that love today?
There is none like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours.
All the nations You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.
For You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God.
You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.