Passage John 16:25-33:
25″Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29Then Jesus' disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31″You believe at last!”[a] Jesus answered. 32″But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33″I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:31 Or “Do you now believe?”
Isn't our Lord just incredible?
He has just explained to his disciples, his closest friends, that they are going to completely desert him in his hour of greatest need. Yet, he is concerned about their welfare. How is it that Jesus is able to so deeply love those who he knows will hurt him and abandon him (v.32)? Are you so secure in your relationship with Jesus and his assurance that he will never leave you that you are able to love others regardless of their response to you?
How can the Holy Spirit help you to become more connected and secure in your relationship with Jesus?
[written by K Guy]
this hits home pretty hard….
I know I've had some hard knocks this past year with regards to friends 'abandoning' me in my time of greatest need– (however, I must take responsibility in stating they were never aware how great my need was, due to my own lack of communication, or worse- MIS-communication)…
But, yes- I still love them. Just as I still love those who have hurt me intentionally or not…
To Love someone is a choice. To tell ourselves 'well, I no longer love so-and-so because they did THIS' is still us making our OWN *choice*. It's not about what 'they' did or did not do, it's about us choosing to no longer love [with a convenient excuse to justify the choice].
Jesus does make a strong example about the power of Unconditional Love and Compassionate Love…Knowing that your 12 closest friends will leave you, so that they can save themselves–and one even getting paid to sell you out– yet, still continuing to interact in very respectful, loving ways is something beyond amazing (or even beyond gullibility for that matter)….
Maybe if we thought of everyone as family, it might make an easier case for us to Love one another [in the unconditional sense]– presuming you come from a background where you have strong love, connection and respect for your family…
Thank you for loving me—in whatever way and in however you express it to me.
I do appreciate you- and probably don't tell you enough..
(yes, YOU– over there in Sri Lanka, Australia, Kansas City, East Coast USA or wherever YOU are…!)