“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:12-17
Love well...what do those words mean to you? When I read the verses above, I wonder to myself, could I literally die for one of my friends? Do you think that’s what Jesus means when He was speaking these words? I don’t know for sure, but I do think Jesus is talking about laying down our wants and desires for what we want to do, and in the place of those, help a friend in need. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the needs of my friends. I don’t mean in a bad way, but sometimes our friends are going through things that we just don’t know how to help them. We can always give our friends that “churchy” answer, “I’ll be praying for you,” but honestly, sometimes all they need is a listening ear and a helping hand. To me, that is really what the church is about, being able to help out our fellow believers with the tough things they’re dealing with. It’s for sure okay to say “no” when you are feeling overwhelmed yourself, but to be able to give someone an hour of time means more to them than you’ll ever realize. Sometimes all they really need is a cup of coffee, a porch swing to sit on, and someone to talk to…to really feel loved. Or maybe they feel like their life is chaotic and they need someone to help them organize their home (which I really love to do).
I really like the phrase “love well.” It doesn’t mean love extravagantly with money, it doesn’t mean going overboard with things, it doesn’t mean spending hours and hours on things that in the long run won’t matter. I think it means exactly what it says, “love well!” Take the time to love well this week. Spend a little time listening to a friend who’s going through a tough season in their life, really listen to your child tell a story for 10 minutes when it really should only take two minutes, go help your friend paint their house, take the time to listen when your spouse is telling you about things that are going on at work. Have a great week friends, and go “love well!”