The true meaning of love.
Let me share with you something a friend shared with me. I hope it will be encouraging for you as it was for me:
The Lord showed me a new meaning to John 13 tonight.
Jesus knew that Judas, an enemy-to-be, would betray him in a very short while, yet He washed his feet too. He offered His love and gift of salvation till the very end until to the point of no-return, yet Judas did not accept this chance and did not repent. He had probably sealed his fate in his mind already.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient towards you (everyone), not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Then in v12-16, He commanded us to follow His example of washing one another’s feet too. Metaphorically, we are called to love and serve one another. In v17, He basically said ‘Do it’. Love not with words, but in truth and in action.
In other words, the Lord commanded us to love one another, INCLUDING OUR ENEMIES. Jesus washed everyone’s stinking, smelly feet, including his betrayer-to-be’s. Would we ‘wash the feet’ of those who aggravate us to our wits’ end ? Wow. Nobody can confidently say yes to that, because there’s always someone that irritate/hurt us.
And yet in this passage of Scriptures, Jesus paved the way and led by example. He showed us that not only is it possible, but that we’re commanded to do so ! Only with His love pouring out into our hearts, will we be able to let it flow to others too. With our own strength, no way can we love like He did. But with Him in us, the impossible becomes possible. The unlovable becomes lovable. The unforgivable becomes forgivable. The enemy becomes a precious soul (of whom the Lord wants to save too)