Do you know how loved you truly are? How deeply, unconditionally, and endlessly loved you are? How important you are in this world? How much you truly matter? How deeply your presence in this world is affecting history? Don’t you see it? How amazingly special and valuable you are?
God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; my arms wave like banners of praise to you (Psalms 63:1-4).
I’m not usually political. In fact, I like to compare myself to Switzerland, choosing to either take a neutral stance or remain silent. However, at this time, I know it is more important than ever to to love one another, to honor one another, including those with different views. The new president has been chosen by the people, and that president is Trump. We may not all agree with this decision, some of us may be outright angry, however, I urge us, as a body, to stand together and choose to love one another.
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”.