No greater love


Today is the observance of Memorial Day in the US.  It is a day on the civil calendar for remembering and honoring those who have given their lives in battle. Jesus taught us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13) Today we honor and remember the men and women who have died in service to their country, for their friends.

Jesus’ words in John 15: 9-17 from the Bible paraphrase, The Message:

"I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done--kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love.

"I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father.

"You didn't choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won't spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

"But remember the root command: Love one another.”

May love rule and may men and women across the earth find ways to live in peace as friends.

peace, love and joy,

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