Today’s Passage: John 13:31-35
Opening Prayer: Father God, it is often said that the gospel message is an easy one; love one another. However, in life we have learned that this simple message is not always the easiest one to follow or put into practice. May we consider the simple message of loving one another and then imagine the many ways, in our everyday life, that we could make that message real for those around us. May we then, empowered by the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, and to the glory of our Heavenly Father, put some of our thoughts into action with simple acts of kindness. These things I pray and more, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Opening Song: Graham Kendrick – Love Each Other (Live)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Fifth Sunday of Easter called
“Short Passage, Big Message” by Courtney Allen, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.
“‘Short passage…big message…love one another, love one another, love one another…any questions?’ This is how I once heard a preacher describe these few verses from John’s gospel,” begins Courtney Allen, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. In John 13:31-35, Jesus adds a qualifier to the old and familiar commandment to love one another. Jesus tells the disciples to love as “I have loved you.” It is a “short passage with a big message…an old commandment with a new meaning.” How does this new commandment apply to us today? How do we love as Christ loved us? Interestingly, Allen points out that Jesus gives no other ethical imperative in the gospel of John except to love one another. It’s that easy and it’s that hard. Listen as Allen expounds on how we can spread Christ’s love to others.
Closing Song: Michael W. Smith – Love Always Wins
Closing Prayer: Father God, help us to see that love always wins. There are so many in need of a win. Let us be the hands and feet of Jesus that shows a struggling world that love always wins. May we love one another just as Jesus did… in very personal and practical ways. In expressing love the way He did, may we feel loved. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: Just do it.
Newsboys – Love One Another (Audio)