10.07.2020 Devotional

10.07.2020 Devotional

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St. Andrew's Charge Conference Sunday, October 11th, 2:00-3:00pm

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Devotional for week of Oct 4th, 2020

“Little children, I am with you only a little longer. Where I am going, you cannot come. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”- John 13:33-35

If you knew that you were about to die, and you had a chance to gather your friends around you one last time, what would you say?

On the last night of his life, Jesus had that chance.

His disciples surrounded him at the dinner table, and he tried one last time to communicate what his mission and ministry were about. He could have said anything. He could have told them to judge the ones who didn't believe the way they did. He could have told them to avenge his death. He could have raged about the unfairness of life.

But he didn't.

Instead he said, "Love one another, because that's how everyone will know that you really love me." This was the last thing he wanted them to know, and it was the most important.

Christ's mandate to us in the final hours of his life was to love others, even those that opposed him. This is a command, and it is not optional.

Unfortunately, Christ's marching orders are incredibly hard to follow. Some days we are better at following Christ’ imperative than other days.

The good news is this: as many times as we mess up on those dinner-time orders from Jesus, we keep finding that he has saved a place for each one of us at the next meal. We are forgiven and invited to be forgiving of others. Again and again we find our way to his table, and again and again we try to get it right.

Prayer

God, help me to keep this one commandment well today, and help me to come back tomorrow and the next day and the next, to try and try again, no matter what.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Denise

 
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