John 13: 31-35
A group of social scientists asked some children, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think.
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love.”
“Love is that first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in the way.”
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
“There are two kinds of love — our love and God’s love. But God makes both kinds of them.”
In our Gospel text Jesus talks about love as being the one trait that reflects our devotion to him. If love is genuine it will always have a spillover effect. Love manifests our devotion and desire to mirror Jesus to those around us. Luther once said we should be Christ to our neighbor.
Prayer: Lord, help each of us to reflect the love of Jesus. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.