This verse is like southern comfort food! I have a Good Shepherd! I’m just a dumb sheep and I don’t have to worry because God takes good care of me.
Jesus has already given His life for me. What does this mean? God loves me so much my shepherd laid down His life. There’s no greater love than this!
We need to stop seeking this kind of love from other human beings. This can only be found in the Divine. John 15:13 says this same thing, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husband, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” We are to love one another like God loves us.
Here’s a further definition of love from the Bible:
1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
We are constantly told everywhere that love is something else. Here’s what I hear our culture communicating about love: love is more money, love is gifts, love is having more stuff. Love is giving me what I want. Love is sex, meet all my needs. Love is anything that makes me feel better. Love is letting me do whatever I want even if it’s destructive. Love is for myself first. It’s about me!
Lord, help us love one another the way You love us. So many don’t know Your love. May we love in such a way that others can see You. We get it wrong in so many ways. Forgive us Lord for we are a selfish people. Help us to love one another. In Jesus name, Amen.