A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35
Have you ever wondered how to love as Jesus have loved you? For sure you won’t die on a cross for people you love. And washing feet… maybe. It is still a humbling way to serve and to love. It is just as when someone washes your dishes or cleans your house. It is so loving. But what is great with Jesus’ love is that it never ceases. He loves to the end (John 13:1). And that is the real challenge: not only to wash feet, but to love and serve to the end.
Jesus did not stop loving His disciples. When they were arrogant, He kept loving them. When they were selfish, He kept loving them. When they were just childish and tiresome, He kept loving them. When Peter was looking for attention instead of looking for God, He kept loving him. When I am foolish, crazy, faithless and prideful at the same time, He never stops loving me. He loves to the end. And that’s challenging.
I don’t mind loving people for even a few years, but somehow I want the right to stop loving them when I think they don’t deserve it. Jesus was different. He washed Judas’ feet. He knew Judas was going to betray Him and He loved him to the end. And that’s the call, to love in this way. To love as Jesus has loved us. To the end.
The LORD appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.