“I give to you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” – (John 13:34, HCSB)
“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you.” – (John 13:34, ERV)
“So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways.” – (John 13:34, VOICE)
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is Friends Day. I appreciate that, as people make the day too much about romantic love and not enough about simply loving one another well. Today, it is my hope to love everyone well. Of course my spouse is my true love, but there is much to celebrate about the love I have for my family and friends. God commands it and has shown us again and again how to love, so it ought to be a priority to work on loving well. May we ever seek the Lord to show us how to love each person we encounter as He loves them.
Lord, help us love well,
Today and always;
Lead us and guide us,
Throughout all our days.
Show us the places,
That are lacking love;
Make our hearts tender,
To love as You love.
May this be a day,
That love is displayed;
Through kindness and grace,
And Your loving ways.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You command us to love one another. Thank You that this is not something that we are expected to do on our own, but rather You fill and equip us to love others as You love each of us. Forgive us for the times that we have not chosen to love. Show us how to love as You do in all situations and circumstances. Lead us to love those around us in ways that make Your heart known. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we love You and love one another as You created us to do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. – Psalm 63:3