What is one key verse?
John 15:12-17- “12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”
I chose this verse because today is election day in one of the most intense and divided political elections that we have ever seen. It is more important now than ever to listen to Jesus’ commandment to love one another. We might not all agree on the same thing politically but if we start fighting each other, we stop listening to Jesus’ commandment: to love each other. Also, if we don’t love each other, we cannot go bear fruit and make disciples like it says at the end of the scripture.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
This reading changes my vision of God by making me realize that God is more of a friend than a master. God is so much more wise, more powerful, and loving as me and he still wants a friendship with me. God having a friendship with a random college student in Dekalb? It amazes me the relationship God wants to have with all of us and it shows how loving God really is.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
This reading changes my vision of myself and others by showing me that we need to be more loving towards each other in a time like this. If we are loving towards each other like Jesus was to his disciples, we could suppress a lot more political fights between disciples in the church during a period like this.
How will you go with God because of this reading?
I will go with God by loving others like Jesus loved others. This is my first election where I am old enough to vote. It is a really hard time for me and for all of us but if we love like Jesus loved, we can stop fights and arguments and spread the word of the Lord together as a result.
Where did you see Jesus?
I saw Jesus by the way that Jesus says to love people like he loved people. He says it in the scripture; if we love people like Jesus did, we can go out and make disciples, spreading the word of the Lord and bearing fruit.