Friday, February 26, 2021
After showing the Disciples the full extent of His love by washing their feet, Jesus explained the importance of such love to the overall mission of redemption.
“For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:15-17
Jesus was not commanding foot washing. He was commanding the expression of love to the full extent of His love. Jesus set us an example of not only how to love, but who to love. Love humbly, and show love to those who hurt you.
We would argue with following Christ’s example, claiming that we need to protect ourselves from further hurt. We would justify the withholding of love because of potential pain. Yet Jesus, who has sent us as His servants and messengers, declares that we dare not consider ourselves better than our Master. How can we think it is acceptable to do less than He did?
Go today and begin to love as Jesus did by serving others, especially those who despise you and treat you hatefully.