Focus on Love

September 13, 2022

John 13:34-35 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Several times a month, I cross the Mackinac Bridge. Miles before reaching the bridge, the suspension towers shine white against the blue sky. During the almost 5 miles driving over the bridge, the views are even more amazing. Looking out over the railings, I see ferries traveling to Mackinac Island with white foam trailing behind, sailboats, and amazing shorelines. There are so many things on which to focus. However, I am driving across a bridge high above the water! This means focusing on the highest priority; the road and the traffic around me. In life, and in faith, focusing on the highest priority is very important. In John 13, Jesus shares with the disciples his principles for a life of faith. We are to focus on love; especially loving each other the way Jesus shows love to us. What does this look like? In Galatians and 1 Corinthians, loving behavior is described as kind, patient, not irritable or envious, displaying goodness and self-control and gentleness. Behavior that does not “bite and devour each other.” How are you doing in these areas? When we see room for improvement, Jesus invites us to live more deeply in the Way of Love. Love for God. Love for self. Love for one another. We do this by spending time with God. As we do so, the very character of God rubs off on us, changing us and filling us. We can then share this love with others in how we speak and act. As Jesus stated, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples….” Karen Henderlong