Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on November 6, 2013.
Prayer: Dear God, help me to show and feel love. Help me to feel your love in all that I do and say. Amen.
Reading: John 13: 34-35 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Jesus told us to love one another just as He loved us. How much did he love us? He stretched out His hands and died for our sins.
I think there are different kinds of love we can show one another. Loving a spouse is a different kind of love than loving a parent. Loving your children is a different kind of love than loving a sibling. Having love for our fellow Christians is different from loving an enemy. But no matter what type of love you feel for your fellow humans, it is important that we love one another. We should show each other respect and care for one another's needs. We should, most importantly, love God because when God's love is in our hearts, love will not fail. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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