I was recently reading through the Gospel of John. Although the gospels are familiar to me, especially the passage I was studying, God showed me something I hadn’t noticed before. It was not long before Jesus would go to the cross. He was with His disciples; in fact, he had just finished washing their feet, something extraordinary in itself. And Jesus said to them “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another, as I have loved you. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34–35).
As I reflected on the words, I began to wonder why Jesus would say this was a ‘new’ commandment. Surely God’s people knew they were to love one another. The 10 Commandments clearly speak of loving God and loving others. So, what was so ‘new’ about this love?
I think the answer lies in the end of the sentence: “as I have loved you”. In the same way that Jesus loved, we are to love. Wow! That is really taking the loving others concept to a whole new level, wouldn’t you say?
Jesus loved people—ordinary people, forgotten people, the oppressed, the rejected. And he loved in a very practical way. He fed the hungry, he healed the blind and sick, he comforted the hurting, he calmed the storm when his friends were scared, he gave worth to, and sought justice for, children and women. His actions spoke much louder than words. In fact, they seemed to be shouting: “This is what matters, this is what love looks like, this is what pleases the Father!”
I don’t know about you, but when I look to Christ’s example I feel incredibly challenged. Love others like Jesus does? Love humbly, sacrificially, practically, and selflessly? Is that even possible? Without the power of the Holy Spirit, no, it’s probably not. But we as believers have the Spirit of God indwelling us and we can rely on him to help us to love others.
A very real way you can show love is by being part of our Operation Christmas Child appeal. By packing a shoebox or donating items or giving financially, you are showing the world’s poorest children that they are not forgotten. And that there is a God who loves them.
Kidz Church are looking for donations of suitable items that will then be packed in shoeboxes by our children. We would welcome donations of school supplies, cuddly toys, small balls, skipping ropes, soap, toothbrushes, clothing, and marbles. Please remember the items must be small enough to fit in a shoebox. Items can be dropped off at the Church Office, in the church foyer, or at the Kidz Church sign-on area. Thank you in advance for your amazing generosity.
It is my prayer that we would always look to Christ as our example and that by doing this, BPCC would be known as a community of believers that love one another.