All settled into my new life in Northern California, attending a major mega-church focused on revival and creating true disciples of Christ, I am experiencing both brilliant growth and incredible pruning.
My friend runs over to me during worship and says, “I just want you to know he loves you and is mending your heart.” I, slightly confused and unaware replied, “Who’s he?” Not a second later, I followed the statement up by saying, “…Jesus?” My friend nodded, looking as if it was the most obvious declaration ever stated. In that moment, I turned back around to face the worship band, and started uncontrollably crying. “Me?” “You know me, Jesus?” “Not only do you know me, but you love me?”
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
I received this verse through my daily devotional a few weeks ago. I have, of course, seen the verse many times before, and simply thought, “sure, of course, that makes sense, love everyone how Jesus loves us.” I thought that was all there was, a simple statement to love others “a lot”.