34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
I was convicted today. I was harboring resentment against my husband. YUP. I was keeping a running tally of everything he had done that week in my head. Oh boy, he was not measuring up.
Yet, as I opened my Bible I was led to this passage in John. It’s a passage that describes Jesus before his death. Jesus had the foreknowledge that two of his disciples were about to betray him, right before he laid down his life for them. Right before he was going to be the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate display of love. So, what does he choose to do? He decides to wash their feet.
He demonstrates the most humble act of servitude, even though he has been wronged. He knows of their sinful behavior and yet chooses to love anyways. For you, and me this means A FULLER understanding of Grace. We will never be able to love our husbands if we don’t understand how undeserving we are of grace in the first place. We are all the betrayers, and until we see that then we will never fully understand unconditional love.
Grace looks and feels this way, often. We are so undeserving of his grace on our lives and yet we use a yard-stick to measure what those around us deserve. If they aren’t measuring up then we become bitter and resentful. Unconditional love doesn’t keep a tally; it washes feet.