This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
– John 15:12-17
Today is Valentine’s day, a day that has become symbolic around the world because of its association with the expression of love. Love is good; love is great; love is the greatest gift God has given to mankind. Not only does God love us, but God is also love. He loves us beyond measure and urges us to love one another.
In our reading passage today, we see that the Lord Jesus Christ gave it as a command that we love one another. “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”
Love is a word that easily lends itself to being misunderstood. The word “love” has three different interpretations as follows: “Eros” – referring to erotic or romantic love; “Filio” – referring to love among family or group members; and “Agape” – referring to unconditional love, the kind that God has for mankind that made Him give His only Son to die on behalf of sinners.
Valentine’s Day is not a day to throw morality overboard and go hunting for expression of carnal yearnings and lusts. Instead, it is a day to reflect on what true love is and how true love should be expressed. From 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we catch a glimpse of what true love is: “Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
- Pray that God’s kind of love is kindled in the hearts of people in your church and community.
CONFESSION: Jesus loves me and died for me. I must love others with unconditional “Agape” love.