Are You a Disciple of Love?

Give Them Love.

I finally finished reading the Bible all the way through for the first time.

My hope now is to read the books and chapters He tells me to read, but read them in other translations. And to read as if God is trying to tell me something personal – something that applies to me today – every time I read.

I want to digest what He has for me so that every facet He wants me to see becomes a permanent part of me.

Today I read John Chapters 13 and 14 from The Passion Translation (TPL) – the chapters that begin The Last Supper. Even though I’ve read this many times, I seem to see more in it every time I read it.

For example, I’ve read and heard often about Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s denial – that before the rooster crows, Peter will say three times that he doesn’t even know Jesus.

In the notes for John 13: 38, the translator says, “Peter, like all of us, resisted the acknowledgement of his weakness and chose to cling to the illusion of strength. Peter, the Rock, was given the sign of a rooster crowing, for that is what he was. He was like a crowing rooster, strutting in pride.”

It hit me right between the eyes that I do this all the time and had just done that in my life with something much less serious than life and death. I had held a grudge against Carey and against God – I wanted to do something, they wanted me to do something else. Instead of flowing with the Spirit, I had other, more selfish things, things in mind.

It wasn’t any better that instead of strutting in pride, I was hanging my head in pride, dragging down others around me. And I thought I had learned a long time ago it doesn’t do any good to hold a grudge – especially against God!

Then, as often happens when He hits me between the eyes, I felt ashamed and discouraged in my falling short for Him. But I kept reading and in the very next chapter, Jesus promises to bring the Holy Spirit.

John 14: 15-17 in TPL reads, “I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth.”

Here the notes define the word “Savior”: “The Aramaic word is paraqleta, which is taken from two root words: 1) praq, ‘to end, finish, or to save,’ and 2) lyta, which means ‘the curse.’ What a beautiful word picture, the Holy Spirit comes to end the work of the curse (of sin) in our lives and to save us from its every effect!”

Thank you, Holy Spirit for lifting that condemnation so immediately. Thank you, Jesus that You don’t hold a grudge against me, even though you have so many reasons to do just that.

You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Ask God where you can be a better disciple of love today.

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