My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: love each other.
Oh Lord, I seek you in the Good Book;
There, in your Word I look for you, longing that you would make your face to shine upon me.
What a friend I have in you, Jesus;
yet what kind of friend do you have in me, I ponder?
What is my status with you?
I know you love me; but do you ‘like’ me?
Then, I wonder, what kind of friend am I to those I call friends her on earth?
Do I take more than I give.
Do I speak more than I listen.
Do I boast more than I am humble?
I’m feeling, Lord, that I have much to learn.
Thank you for choosing me just as I am.
written by Scott Burton, St Matthew's Church, Perth