I realised “toilet” and “wees” have dominated my vocabulary!
Reference: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 NIV
“This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:17 NIV
Explore: The question heard regularly around our house at the moment is, “Do you need to go to the toilet?” “Do you need to go to the toilet?” “Do you need to go to the toilet?”
This is not unusual when you are toilet training a toddler, which is exactly what we are doing. It’s not until I stop and consider the words I have used all day that I realise “toilet” and “wees” have dominated my vocabulary!
Thankfully this is just for a short time. However history has shown me I will probably just move on to other important domestic questions like “have you eaten all your vegetables?” “have you brushed your teeth?” and “have you started your homework?”
All these questions are important, but they should not be the main thing our children hear from us. There are much more important sentences for us to use like “I love you”, “I really like how you tried your best”, and “you are so special to me.”
Application: When Jesus gave us instructions on how to live He used some of the same words over and over. One of the ones He used the most was the word “love”.
In fact, I’ve broken my usual rule of using only one verse in the Reference section and I’ve used two. There are only four verses between these two and yet they say the exact same thing.
These words must have been important if Jesus was repeating them so often. “Love each other.”
If they were important to Jesus then it’s worth making sure they are important to us too.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for loving us so completely. And thank You for the reminder that we need to do the same to others. Amen.
How are you living out Jesus’ important command to love each other?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.