Help me to love, Jesus

This week’s devotion is written by Grace Heimerdinger-Baake, Director of Youth and Family Ministry.

In the last four months I have driven over 8,536 miles. Many of those miles have been going back and forth to the hospital and traveling to countless doctor appointments for my little guy. 

I rely on my Spotify playlists to keep me awake and focused on these drives. There is one song that has caught my attention and makes me wonder each and every time I listen to it. The song is titled “What Do I Know” by Ed Sheeran and the chorus goes: 

I’m just a boy with a one-man show

No university, no degree, but lord knows

Everybody’s talking ’bout exponential growth

And the stock market crashing and their portfolios

While I’ll be sitting here with a song that I wrote

Sing, love could change the world in a moment

But what do I know?

 

Can love really change the world? 

Ed Sheeran, I think you are right. Love can really change the world, if we love like Jesus. 

During the celebration of the Passover and after breaking the bread, Jesus gave the disciples a new commandment, “Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.” (John 13:34 MSG)

We know we are called to love our neighbor, but why is it so hard to love like Jesus?

Cultivating kindness and love is not easy. You can wake up and think to yourself, “I am going to be kind to others.” Then you are cut off in traffic, the barista spills your coffee, and your co-worker takes credit for something you did. Wow! It has been a crazy morning, and you try to resist the urge to retaliate. 

It is impossible to always love like Jesus. Our human nature gets in the way and even with our best efforts, we fail. We need Jesus! Jesus’ love for us is unconditional and not based on feelings or emotions. For us to love like Jesus, we can practice giving our emotions and feelings to him in exchange for his compassion and mercy. It isn’t easy but with Jesus we can love our neighbors just a little bit more and help create a more peaceful and loving world. 

Jesus, help me to live out kindness today. May your light and love shine through me. Amen.