Sunday, May 24, 2015

love one another

today's readings: 2 Sam 4:1-6:23, John 13:31-14:14, Psalm 119:17-32, Proverbs 15:31-32

Peter cracks me up today. but he does (again) what all of us silly human beings do to Jesus every day.

Jesus tells His disciples that He's going away. and then He gives them the greatest commandment... He tells them to love. He tells them what we should all do, every day of our lives. Love God... love one another. and what does Peter say? "Yeah, yeah... but where are you going??"

it seems so funny when you read it... but we do the same thing. Jesus tells us to love one another. and do we do that? not very well. we argue. we bicker. we fight. we pick and choose who gets to be loved... and who is too different or too sinful to receive our love.

and what do we do instead? we get all worked up about the end of time.. about the rapture, about who is going to heaven, about eschatology.... when what Jesus is calling us to is very simple. He doesn't want us to figure out when the end of days is. He doesn't want us to argue about whether "meeting Him in the clouds" means we'll be raptured or not.

what He wants... is for us to love one another.

God, please overflow my heart with your love, so that i can't help but love my neighbor.