Perfect, Divine Love
My 9 year old daughter Kate came home from school yesterday upset because of a comment one of her best friends made in class. Kate had worn a new pair of boots to school that she received for Christmas. Upon seeing them her friend remarked, “oh, no one wears Ugg boots anymore.” Kate was crushed! She had been so excited about them and couldn’t understand why her friend would respond that way. Now obviously this is typical 4th grade behavior, but I couldn’t help but think that as adults we can often have the same reaction to the successes and gains of others…maybe we rarely say it out loud, but what matters is the attitude of our hearts. Are we “really” excited about that new Tory Burch purse on our friend’s arm? Or how about the promotion a neighbor received? Or the car our co-worker just bought?
In thinking on this months theme “one love”, I can’t help but think about Gods perfect, divine love. As we follow him we need to love as he does. He is the most perfect friend, our greatest fan, and our biggest cheerleader. John 15:12-13 says “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
John the Baptist gives us a perfect example of this. When his followers came to him upset by the number of people going to Jesus rather than him to be baptized John responded,
“He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:29, 30 NKJV)
Wow! I want to be the kind of friend that contributes to and celebrates others accomplishments. I want their success and achievements to bring as much joy as my own.
Have you ever failed at showing this kind of love toward a friend? Why? How can you do better?