I give you a new commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. John 13:34
My first thought (and second and third): “Oh my – I’m being asked to act like Jesus! I’m not sure I can do that.” Yes, the bar is quite high when we are asked to be like Jesus – maybe even out of sight. But God would not ask us to do something for which there is no purpose. Even if we can’t meet that standard and love one another, we might just find things in others which are good and pleasing. We might just be better people – and likely closer to God – if we TRY to love one another as Jesus asked. These are times in which there is so much pressure to look for the worst in others; clearly Jesus wants us to look not for the worst, but for the best – to be the best kind of people we can be.
Prayer: God, I know I am limited in what I can see in others, but help me to seek the best in them and help my eyes to see it. Help me to understand that others might just need for me to show a little love toward them and make their day a little more bearable. Perhaps they’ll even “pay it forward” and show a like kindness to someone else, making your world a little better. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.