This is Episode 85 of the Jesus Society Podcast. And continuing our conversation about following Jesus in the 21st century, I want to shift gears and start talking about loving like Jesus. And we’re gonna be camped out on this theme of love over the next 3-4 episodes.
What does it mean to love like Jesus? Well, at one level, it’s pretty obvious — Jesus himself said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: that you lay down your life for your friends.”
Delightfully, most of us aren’t asked to do that — at least not literally. Although we are, I think, asked to do that in principle. Because that’s what Jesus says love is all about.
And so what I want to do over the next 3-4 episodes is help us think a little bit about the love we see in Jesus, and the way in which that gets worked out in two specific areas:
1. In our love for one another in the Christian community of believers.
2. And in the way we show God’s love to the wider world.
Those are not the same thing, and yet both of those are difficult and challenging. But my goal is to try and offer you a picture of what that kind of love looks like. And that, I think, at least makes me want to press into doing that with more resolve and purpose.
So today we’re going to introduce some foundational concepts that we’ll build on over the next few weeks, primarily from the Gospel of John. I hope you enjoy this conversation.
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