For Our Friends

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12) 
In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, a cantankerous man who often quotes the Bible to criticize others is memorably described as “the wearisomest self-righteous Pharisee that ever ransacked a Bible to rake [apply] the promises to himself and fling the curses to his neighbours.” 
It’s a funny line; and it may even bring particular people to mind. But aren’t we all a bit like this—prone to condemn others’ failures while excusing our own? 
In Scripture some people amazingly did the exact opposite; they were willing to give up God’s promises for them and even be cursed if it would save others. Consider Moses, who said he’d rather be blotted out of God’s book than see the Israelites unforgiven (Exodus 32:32). Or Paul, who said he’d choose to be “accursed from Christ” (Romans 9:3). 
As self-righteous as we naturally are, Scripture highlights those who love others more than themselves. 
Because ultimately such love points to Jesus. “Greater love hath no man than this,” Jesus taught, than “a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Even before we knew Him, Jesus loved us “to the end” (13:1)—choosing death to give us life. 
Now we are invited into the family of God, to love and be loved like this (15:9–12). And as we pour into others Christ’s unimaginable love, the world will catch a glimpse of Him. 
Lord, thank You for showing us what it means to love. Help us to love like You. Amen. 
When I read this devotion I was reminded, when we love Christ, we love others. Today, let’s take a moment and reflect on the love we show others. Show The Love of Christ. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Psalms 145:18