11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
It is so close to valentines day that you can taste the chocolate in your mouth, feel the melted stuff finger printing you and just ready to be cleaned. Ahh the season of love, and be my valentines, and I love "yous" everywhere. But here is my question, "What's love got to do with it?" Well let me give you the bottom line, EVERYTHING! Jesus our Lord and Savior commands us, yes commands us to love. It is so wild when you think about this; we negotiate our love, but the reality is we do not have an option to negotiate, we must love. God also commands us to do other things that we many times consider optional, for example, He commands us to be strong and courageous. It is a command not an option...Be strong and Be courageous. Here in John He tells us to love, He commands us to love. Then He says you are my friends...IF you do whatever I command you. Now sometimes that really kicks me in the gut because I really want to be a friend of Jesus. I absolutely love being a friend of Jesus. I think that is a totally great, awesome, powerful, mighty, unbelievable thing...a friend of Jesus; however, that little word with such a BIG meaning, IF! You are my friend, if you keep my commandments. So here is the deal go love today and be a friend of Jesus. Love, love, love, hey it is valentines eve so just do it! Now for that special someone in your life do something special for them today, they are expecting it tomorrow. Do something special today and tomorrow! In the words of Uncle Kracker let them "make you SMILE" today!
Reaching For Him,
Brother Big Daddy