“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
If you had only 24 hours to prove the love of Jesus to someone, what would you do during that time?
This is the question that I posed to my prayer community recently, and the answers varied. If you take a minute to try to put yourself in that situation, it’s an overwhelming struggle of what could be done in less than a day to just show how much Jesus loves them. If I am going to be honest and transparent with you, none of the answers were very actionable, including my own at the time.
It’s an important question to ask though because we don’t know when our last day on Earth will be. So each day, it is important to ask God at least one question:
What is one bold move that I can make in Christ today?
To love out loud like Jesus did is to get uncomfortable. It’s to go out of our circle and love others with complete disregard to earthly matters, just as the Good Samaritan did.
So to answer the initial question, it is crucial to look at Jesus’ last 24 hours. If we want to know how to truly love out loud like Jesus did, what did Jesus do when He knew that His time left on Earth was limited?
On the day of Passover, Jesus knew that his time was coming, a blessing and a curse that none of us besides Jesus will ever get to have.
We hear about the last day in John 13. John 13:1 says: “He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.”
Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed. It was at that dinner that satan entered Judas. But He loved everyone to the end anyways.
It isn’t good enough for Jesus for us to simply love one another. Because if we do this, we will stay in our comfortable circles.
We have to love out loud. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet that night. He washed the feet of those He held closest to Him, the people that the world had turned away. Jesus loved out loud by turning to the people that most people turned away. We need to take daily steps to turn to those that the world is ignoring and avoiding. That is the best way to love like Jesus did.
Where is your faith the most “comfortable” today? What is one actionable step you can take to take a step in faith and love like Jesus?
5 Easy Ways to Love Out Loud Today
- Send a thank you note to someone and thank them for just being themselves. Tell them the great things about them and thank them for it.
- Share a positive social media image that reminds people of the goodness of God.
- Compliment every person you encounter today.
- Call the closest food pantry and see what food they need the most. When you deliver it, include a note thanking the volunteer for loving like Jesus.
- Message someone and tell them not to quit on their dream. You may not even know they have a specific dream, but God does.
Let us pray…
Thank you for listening to my prayer. It is an honor to be speaking with you again, knowing that you never change and are always there. I come to you today asking for help and guidance in loving out loud. I ask this knowing that the true answer to my prayer will most likely make me uncomfortable. It will most likely force me out of my comfort zone to a place I’ve never been, but I ask this in Jesus’ name. Help me be the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that needs it more than ever. Amen.
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