Titus 3:2-5 Believers must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone. Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient . . . But when God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
John 13:34-35 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
This is the message of Maunday Thursday. The word “maunday” means commandment. It’s the day we remember that Jesus took a towel and washed his disciples’ feet. John tells the story with this preface: He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end (13:1). After he sat back down at the table, Jesus said, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you . . . Love each other” (John 13:15, 34).
How did Jesus love? With humility, gentleness, kindness.
Several people in my life are showing me in this Covid-19 crisis what humble, gentle, kind love looks like. They likely have no idea that I’m watching them, because they’re not doing it to win points or for show. They have experienced Jesus’ love for them and are passing it on.
Thank you, Lord.