Jesus was facing a death where he would take the sins of the world on shoulders nailed to a cross. Right before, he left us with one simple, very clear command:
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12
Was Jesus talking to us or the wall. I think it must be the latter because we sure didn’t hear him. Just look around you—how much love do you see? We can’t get enough conflict in fictional TV so we need it in reality TV. The more fighting, hair pulling, and dog-eat-dog survivorship the better.
It’s bad enough we’re heading over the fiscal cliff because egos and greed are standing in the way of real solutions. But we’re already staring into the abyss of hopelessness if we can’t simply do what Jesus commanded and God inscribed on two tablets of stone—LOVE!
John tells us that God is love and that we can’t know God until we love (1 John 4:8). It’s that simple but we so incredibly complicate things—and worse, do the reverse.
Everything starts with each of us. Smile. Don’t cut someone off. Give a little more, and a little more creatively, this holiday season. Think about others before yourself. Do something nice for someone and ask them to return the favor not to you but someone else.
Sounds silly? Well, love has to start with someone, somewhere, and sometime. If not, I guess Jesus was talking to the wall.