Daily Devotion on Mark 9:38-50
Devotion Text: Mark 9:38-50
The Bible talks about love in a variety of ways.
Love can be friendly love–a bond between friends that is steadfast and enduring. Love can be romantic. The Bible even talks about love reserved for married couples–although, it does so in much more family-friendly ways than our culture does today. Most importantly, the Bible tells us about God’s perfect love for us and shows us ways to perfect our love for him.
However, the Bible never talks about love in such a way that it could seek to be better than it’s object.
Think about it. “For God so loved the world that he gave…” Our perfect example of love did not seek to take from this world. Instead he gave it his most cherished possession. This is completely unlike an angry fight loved ones might exchange. Instead, Christ was sent as a perfect wedding band, signifying that we are his people and he will be our God forever.
This perfect example of God’s love was mirrored in the life of Jesus as he healed the sick, fed the hungry; encouraged the weak. Of course, all of that paled in comparison to the perfect death Christ died–entirely out of love–giving of his very self.
If we, in turn, want to mirror that love back to God, we put off our selfish ambition and our petty jealousy among one another. Seeking to be better (or to look better) than our fellow believers has no place in a church that was commanded to “love one another” and is motivated by Christ’s love for us.
Thankfully, God’s love also washes over us and covers even our jealousy and our imperfect love. The God who loved us so much that he sent his Son loves us still today as he daily forgives all of our sins for his Son’s sake.
Prayer: Jesus Christ, author and perfecter of my faith, strengthen me today that I may love my brothers and sisters better. Let my life reflect your love and continually keep me mindful of the constant love you have shown me. Amen.