What Jesus Did! 'Love as You Have Been Loved' — John 13:33-34

Sunday, September 18, 2022

[Jesus continued,] "Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can't come where I am going. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other."
— John 13:33-34 NLT

Key Thought

The standard of love has been set for us. We are to love each other as Jesus has loved us — he served us, and he sacrificed for us. Jesus showed us that love is both extravagant and practical. He now wants us to demonstrate these qualities with our love!

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess that my love is often shallow and selfish. I know that your Spirit has worked on me to help broaden and deepen my understanding of true love. Now please bless me as I seek to live with Jesus' love toward my family, my friends, and my co-workers. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 3:16-18
  • 1 John 4:9-12
  • John 3:16-17

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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