“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13. Jesus gave his life for each one of us, his friends, because he loves us like no other. This is the example he gave us, of the kind of love we were to have for each other, neighbor and stranger. Because of Jesus, we no longer have to die on a cross, or fear death because of his sacrifice. However, loving people the way Jesus expects us to requires sacrifice. This kind of love, agape, in Greek is the highest form of love and charity. Charity does not refer to donations or monetary gifts; but the kind of sacrificial giving that tranforms lives. Jesus left us with one task; “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Discipling is the most loving thing one can do as a Christian. In the process a special kind of friendship will develop. But like with any fruitful relationship, this will require that we give of our time, resources, energy, talent, thoughts, emotions. It will require that we stay humble, empathetic, patient, and alert. When Jesus entrusts you with a disciple, you are to stay sharp in your own practice of prayer, study of scriptures, passionate worship and generosity. It is through our example that potential disciples are drawn to God and they learn how to disciple others. It is a vested commitment. This is the way God expects us to show our love for Him.
With You on the Journey,
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