Living For One Another
Acts 15:22-31; Psalm 57:8-12; John 15:12-17;
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13-14)
I have heard of heroic but tragic stories of people who risked their lives saving strangers who were in life-threatening situations ending up losing their own lives. Many of these are policemen, firemen, and some were even concerned civilians who were filled with compassion and love.These unsung heroes seem to fit the description indicated in the passage. But how can we live like this in our everyday lives when there’s nobody in danger of losing his or her life?
In a world where “me first” mentality reigns, we can start by being more concerned with the people around us, starting with our own family. Instead of the family adjusting to our comfort and convenience, we can sacrifice a bit and give in to what our family wants for a change. Dying to our preferences and comfort is not going to kill us, and it doesn’t take much from us to do this. It is in fact a pleasure for we learn new things about one another as we watch our family do the things that they enjoy doing. The beauty of it is we get to do these things with them. Giving others preference is also dying for others.
I’m sure the people who hang around with you get tired of doing the things that they don’t enjoy doing just for your sake. It’s about time that we start doing things for their sake for a change. As you do this, you’ll notice that the responses that you’ll get from the people around you will be more positive, and a better and smoother running relationship is bound to happen.
Let’s wipe out the “me first” and start the “you first” in our mentality.