“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthew 22:37-38)
Jesus, of course, did not just teach love, He lived out love in action every day through caring, accepting, serving, encouraging, helping, listening to, speaking to, correcting, teaching those He met every day. He modeled for us what love looks like. He doesn’t expect us to be Him – He is perfect, we are not. But He showed us the way to love one another, and He helps us live out that love, especially when it isn’t easy.
So what is love? Jesus showed us it does not just mean doing what is convenient, and not just with those who are easy to love. So this season when love is in the air, let’s commit to taking some baby steps to loving as Jesus loved – to those not always so convenient. That’s what Jesus does with each of us.
“My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12