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Show and Tell

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

Jesus love is something of a mystery. We can strive to learn how to love like He loves, but we can never out love the Lord. Agape love “charity” is a love that is freely given. It is a compassionate and selfless love; sacrificial love. Love is a fruit of the spirit, meaning it is an outward expression of what is on the inside. A love that only the Holy Spirit can produce in us (Galatians 5:22). We struggle sometimes to love like Christ because we haven’t learned how to love, and sometimes we don’t know how to “receive” love. Jesus loved us first and showed His love through His sacrifice on the cross (sacrificial love). When He washed the disciple’s feet, they didn’t quite understand the implication of what He was doing at the time. Peter’s refusal the first time to let Jesus wash his feet, was displaying that He didn’t know how to receive the love of Jesus; perhaps he felt unworthy. You can only love others with the measure of love that you have known. Jesus demonstrated a few things through this act of love. He demonstrated what true humility was by taking on the role of a servant (our role in the body of Christ). To love is to serve. It was also symbolic of the fact that unless they were washed clean through Jesus sacrifice, they would not take part in what was coming later. Jesus knew that later his disciples would forsake him, but He loved them anyways and demonstrated that (Romans 5:8). We still tell of this great love today, but actions speak louder than words sometimes. You can tell someone you love them, but unless they see the fruits of that love, it is meaningless.

“Show and Tell” is a well-known exercise where you display something, then talk about it to gain interest. We can claim to have a form of godliness but if we are not transformed and led by the Holy Spirit, we have no power behind our words or actions (2 Timothy 3:5; Romans 8:14). We will be known by our fruits (Matthew 7:16).  Without Jesus the law (words) was powerless (Romans 8:3). You can testify in court, but unless there is solid evidence, you have no ground to stand on, and your words will drop to the ground void. SERVE one another in LOVE (Galatians 5:13).

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