Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 7-9; John 13
Today’s Key Passage – John 13:1-20
Most of us today hear a lot about unconditional love. We hear about it at weddings as the bride and groom promise to love each other unconditionally for the rest of their lives when they recite their vows. We see it in the love a parent has for a child. It is referred to in movies and television shows as characters claim to love one another unconditionally, only to later show that their love is really more conditional in nature. In today’s culture, the idea of unconditional love has almost become a bit diluted, which can make it difficult for us to fully grasp its true meaning. Fortunately for us, to truly understand unconditional love, one needs to look no further than the life of Jesus Christ.
In today’s key passage, we get to see the true nature of unconditional love played out in Jesus actions. He knew that His time on earth was coming to a close. He knew that He would soon be betrayed by Judas and handed over for a painful crucifixion. He knew that His disciples would all turn and run away at His arrest, and that many would remain in hiding for some time. He knew that Peter, the disciple who most strongly claimed to love Him, would deny Him three times by the end of the day. Knowing all of these things, our own sinful human nature causes us to assume Jesus might have been bitter or angry towards His disciples. We wrongly believe He might have held a grudge against them or judged them for their wickedness. Instead, we see Jesus washing the feet of the very people who would betray, turn from, and deny Him. In this simple, sacrificial act, we see a true picture of unconditional love.
Many times, we tend to think of God’s love for us as conditional. We wrongly believe that God only loves us when we are “good”. The fact is God knows every sinful thing we have ever done and every sinful thing we will ever do; yet, He loves us anyway. Knowing all of our downfalls and all of our brokenness, He still gave His only Son to die on a cross for our sins. This is true unconditional love.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.