“…just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
We all know that Jesus said that we are to love one another. But that’s not all He said. He said that we are supposed to love one another as He loves us. That’s a tall order, I know, especially when you think about His ability to forgive—let alone His grace!
How are we to love as God loves? For me, I start by letting in His love. I bathe in His glorious light and ponder the fact that I have done nothing to deserve it; it is freely given. Only then can I begin to understand His love for me—a sinner, fallible, broken, unable to fathom His magnitude and magnificence—yet, He loves me! At night when I sit out under the stars, I know that my place in God’s universe is incredibly infinitesimal. If God can love a little speck like me, and love me in spite of all of my shortcomings, surely, I can open my heart to another one of His children—a child that He loves just as much as He loves me!
I know I will never love as God loves, for I’m not God, I’m not that perfect. But I try to emulate Him to the best of my ability because I’m sure that Jesus meant what He said. We are to love others as He loves us, which means completely, no strings attached. That’s a high bar, I know, but it’s one worth stretching for every day.