Talk is easy.
“I love the sunshine.”
“I love waffles.”
“I love that new i-phone.”
“I love the way this dress fits.”
“I love this new car.”
“I love my new job.”
“I love money.”
“I love you, baby.”
“I love my family.”
“I love all people.”
“I love Jesus.”
Does our life reflect our words? Do we walk the talk? Are we yoked to Him?
For thirty-three years Jesus laid down His life to do the will of His Father. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Yet it is contrary to our human nature to do so. Oswald Chambers.
Laying down our lives does not mean dying. It means living.
Jesus lived those thirty three years doing the will of our Father. Are we ready to live doing the will of Jesus?
I’ve written these verses so many times, you might have them memorized by now.
Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 22:37,39 And he said to him, “[the greatest commandment is] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. The second is like it. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Luke 6:32, 35 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. But love your enemies, and do good and lend to them expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
John 14:23-24 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home in him. Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. And the word that you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”
John 15:9-10 “As the Father has loved Me, so have I 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.”
John 15:12-13 “This is my commandment: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Remember the old, “What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)” bracelets? People wore those in a time of innocence, without really understanding the deeper meaning.
Jesus would follow his Father’s will. He would put love and compassion first. He would look into someone’s eyes and see God’s masterpiece. He would invite and embrace. He would welcome people into the kingdom of God.
Are you walking with Jesus. Are you laying down your life for your Friend?