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John 17:20-26

Verse 26 “I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Yesterday we were talking about God showing His love to us through grace. He desires that we live as a reflection of His grace and so today we turn our focus from His love to His Church to the members of the Church showing His love to other members of the Church.

Our passage today records Jesus praying for us. That is something we may not think about often but Jesus did pray for us and He is still interceding to the Father on our behalf. Our key verse says that Jesus is continually making God known to us. As the Lord of creation He is constantly giving us glimpses of who God is and His love for us. But as we can see from this verse Jesus’ desire isn’t that we just enjoy His love but that His love is in us.

This love that He prays for isn’t for us to have towards the Father but to have towards each other. Jesus didn’t set up the Church to be run as the world, with opposing views to be allowed to rip people apart. No, we are called to love. In fact Jesus told His disciples that the world would know who His followers are by their love for each other (John 13:35).

Now remember from day one of our study that when we say Church with a capital “C” we are talking about Christians worldwide not just our congregation. But notice that Jesus said in the verse that this was how the world would know who His followers are. Let’s look at this a moment from the world’s point of view. Would those that know us from the community know that we are His because of the love they see us share? Can they tell a difference in how members of a congregation treat each other versus how the local bar stool occupiers treat each other? Do you think they can tell there is something special that marks interactions from people from different congregations?

If the world is supposed to know we are His because of our love for one another maybe we need to reevaluate how we treat our fellow Church members. Maybe, just maybe, we need to come to a point of honest evaluation of how we view other members of the Church. We need to start with seeing them as God sees them. And remembering how He sees us.

Making It Personal

What does knowing that Jesus prayed that you would love others change in your heart? Have you thought that loving others in the Church was an option? What do you need to change to be in His will about this?

Making It Personal Kids

Did you know that Jesus prayed for you? How does that make you feel? What did Jesus pray for God to help you learn to do?

Closing Prayer

Father, we are sorry for the times that we haven’t loved as a good reflection of You. Teach us how to love each other the way You want us to. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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