Grace and peace on this Lord’s Day Dear Hearts
Today, as families and friends gather to celebrate the Holiday we call ‘Memorial Day’ here in the United States, I looked at some of the last words The Lord Jesus spoke to his disciples:
” For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends. “You show that you are my intimate friends when you obey all that I command you. I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate and cherished friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.”John 15:13-15 (TPT)
These words can be applied on SO.o.o many levels. To those who sacrificed ALL for their country. (We are more than grateful for your service.) To those who say, “I love you,” but are unable or unwilling to sacrifice at all for friends or family. (Love is demonstrated in actions–not words.) And, to those who say they are ‘servants’ of The Lord but do not know Him intimately.
“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.John 15:13-15 The Message (MSG)
Today, I’ve arrived at the conclusion that my real friends are the people who make me smile brighter, laugh louder, and live better. My real friends are the people who care enough to sacrifice even a few minutes of their life to call and say, “how ya doin’?” or to send a text and say, “thinking of you.”
Today I thank you, Jesus, that you’ve named me your friend and that you let me in on everything you’ve heard from God, the Father, through your Holy Word.
Have a blessed weekend, Dear Hearts.