“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”
// John 15:9-10
Have you ever been to a waterpark? Remember the thrill of sliding down a waterslide, screaming the whole way as the adrenaline pumped through your veins? The interesting thing about waterslides is that they always work from the top down. It is impossible to go from the ground up on a waterslide – gravity and a bit of water pressure push your body down the slide to the bottom, every time. In the same way, the agape love that we feel comes from Heaven down. It is impossible for us to truly love others like God loves us without first understanding His love for us.
In the passage above, we read that Jesus has given us agape, or godly, love because his Father first loved Him. This is just like a waterslide. The agape love that Jesus receives from his Father, like a slide, is then shifted down onto us as believers. The only thing we have to do to stay in the flow of this love coming down the slide is to abide in God’s commandments as Jesus did.
One commandment Jesus is talking of is this: “That you love one another as I have loved you” [John 15:12]. In other words, the waterslide of love doesn’t stop at us. Instead, we have to send the love we receive down the waterslide to others in order that they may be blessed too.
It’s a simple concept that we can confuse quite easily. The purest form of love comes only from the Father. All other love on earth is only a representation of the true love flowing from God. It is crucial that, as we begin to keep God’s commandment to love others as He has loved us, we remember where the love is flowing from—and where it is flowing to. Agape love above all else will fulfill the needs and wants within community; it is our job as believers to show that love to the world.
So today let’s consider this question: who can we love better? Who is the person that we need to show the love that is flowing from God like a waterslide? It’s a simple task really, “Love others as you have been loved.”
// Tim Stratton