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Prayer Tip--WWJD: What Would Jesus Do?

February 4, 2024
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Daily Scripture

John 15:9-13 (NIV)

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Daily Reflection & Prayer

Love is an overly familiar word whose concept ever eludes us. I love a good book. I love good food and I love a good movie. But what does it mean to actually love one another? In John’s gospel, Jesus talks about this love, agape love, as a love that is sacrificial. This love that Jesus commands is more than poetic words and romantic gestures. It summons everything and requires all. It is infinite and therefore challenges our finite understanding.

As with Christ, in you and me, by the Spirit of God, love is transformed from a romantic notion into a person, a human. Love becomes a hug on a hard day. Love gives up the remote control when you want to watch something for yourself. Love is a phone call to someone who is lonely. Love is paying for someone’s dinner. Love is walking alongside someone in a protest rally in the street.

Given these unprecedented times, let us hold on to this truth that love prevails and that we are called to share that love in unique and transformative ways. Are you loving well?

Let’s pray.

 

 

Prayer

Loving God,
We love you. Thank you for loving us first. Thank you for your word. Continue to empower us, walking alongside with us. Remind us of the call that you placed upon our lives. Help us to love ourselves and love others. We pray this in your name!
Amen.

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Tino Herrera

Tino Herrera

When Tino Herrera wrote this prayer tip in 2020, he served as a Congregational Care Pastor at Resurrection Leawood. Today he serves as pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church (Kansas City, MO).

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