Friday, May 13, 2022

Grace and Truth, John 13:31-38, Our Assignment to Love

Jesus lovingly called his disciples “My children.” He warned them that soon, he would no longer be with them.


Verse 33: “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.


Jesus left them, and us, with a huge assignment, to love each other as he loved us, to show the world we belong to him.


34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


Peter promised that he would die for Jesus. Jesus was fully aware of Peter’s coming denial. Yet, above, he called him his child.


36-38: Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”

Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”

Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!


Lord, I yearn to be a sign of your love by the way I treat others. Thank you for loving me as your child, even with all the times I’ve failed you. 


  1. Thank you for the reminder Kathy! God is love and when we accept Jesus we get to abide in his love and share that love with others. It is the kind of love that you do have to lay down your life and sacrifice your own will for the will of God. Hallelujah Jesus!

  2. Oh my, your last line cut deep. All the ties we fail the Lord, and yet His love never fails!! I too yearn to be a beacon of the Lord's love and share His hope with everyone I meet. Blessings! <3

  3. It's so much easier to wear the T-shirt.