What Does It Mean to Love?

John 15:17   This I command you: love one another.

What does it mean to love someone? Jesus tells us in verse 13, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” We are to put aside our own needs and desires, and be more concerned for the wellbeing of others. 

St. John repeats this commandment in 1 John 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God.” As stewards, as disciples of Jesus, we want to do what God wants us to do. He wants us to love, to love others as He loves them, to be self-sacrificing and other-centered. 

How do you know that you love someone? By how much you give to him/her; by how much time you spend with them. You give to who and what you love. You want the best for them. You sacrifice for them. How does the amount of time you spend with your family illustrate your love for them? Is the amount of time you spend and the money you give to God truly reflective of your love for Him?

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