Most people know the line. Jesus said, “No greater love has any man than to lay down his life for a friend.”
Most people think that what Jesus meant was, there is no greater love than to be willing to die for a friend. He even demonstrated this by dying on the cross, for us. Well, that’s love all right. But it isn’t the most difficult love for humans to give. The greatest and most difficult love falls under the category of dying to self; putting other people’s needs above and before your needs.
Jesus demonstrated this love when He took the role of a gentile servant, pretty much the lowest position in the land and washed the feet of his followers.
Jesus demonstrated this love when He stepped down from His throne in heaven and took upon Himself the life of a human being.
We demonstrate this love when we apologise for a wrong that we have done.
We demonstrate this love when we do a task that our partner normally does
We demonstrate this love when we take on the role of parents
We demonstrate this love when we give money to those in need instead of spending it on ourselves
We demonstrate this love when we turn off the tv or put down the book and listen to a family member
We demonstrate this love when we don’t retaliate
We demonstrate this love when a line of gossip stops with us
We demonstrate this love when we give of our selves, our time and our money.
We demonstrate this love when we shut down a sexual fantasy, do good to our enemy, pray for those who seek to harm us, when we love the Lord our God with all of our hearth, soul, mind and strength.