Show me love
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13 34-35
I was a teenager in the 90s and it was all about the club classics. One of my favourite hits was by an artist called Robin S and she asked the question I think many of us would love to ask - “Show me love”. I used to belt the last verse out as I sang along with my hairbrush for a mic “If you’re looking for devotion, talk to me, come with your heart in your hands because my love is guaranteed”.
So am I right is it a question that you have asked? Is it something that you want to be shown - true love? Now I am not talking about a one night affair as is described in this hit song or a fleeting romance, but real everlasting love that is guaranteed. Does this love really exist and if so how can I love like this?
If there is anyone that can show us this type of love it is Jesus. So far in our journey through Holy Week we have watched Jesus at his best - loving others, forgiving others, his heart breaking over others. His sacrificial love for mankind is best demonstrated at the end of this week when we recall his brutal death on the cross on our behalf. However today is known as Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday and there is a moment that took place that night that demonstrates a love that is tender, self-sacrificing and truly demonstrates how we are to show love.
We read in John 13 that Jesus got up from the table, knelt before the disciples and he “took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him”. Now this act caused quite a stir, especially with Peter. They couldn’t grasp their leader bowing so low to clean the soles of their dirty feet. However Jesus was teaching them and us all about love and about leadership in this passage. This beautiful act demonstrates not only a sacrificial love but humility and servant leadership. He was showing us how to love.
The master goes on to say “since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
Are you looking for true love? A love unlike any other love, that won’t leave you searching or reject you in the morning. You will find it at the feet of Jesus. Not only will you find true love in him but he will teach you how to love others. Don’t believe me? Then I challenge you to ask him yourself – Say Jesus “Show me Love”. Talk to him, come with your heart in your hand for his love is guaranteed.
Until next time