The adage is true. Love will make you do some crazy things.
Jacob had finally found the love of his life, and to express that love, he vowed to work seven years for her hand in
marriage. Strangely, Laban (his future father-in-law) never suggested a set amount of time. Jacob just blurted out, "I'll work seven years for her!” What a portrait of young love, right? Love really will make you do and say some crazy things!
Many of us know how twisted that story gets when Jacob is tricked into first marrying Leah (the older sister) at the end of the seven years. But as crazy love would have it, he completes another seven years to get his true love, Rachel!
Upset due to the trickery, Jacob still complies to Laban’s demands because he's in love.
I haven't worked 14 years for love, but I've done some pretty silly things in the name of love.
I've made some risky sacrifices, and like Jacob, I've even spoken too soon, all because I was ‘so in love’.
Our actions will always reveal if we're in love. Want to know if someone loves you? Examine their actions. How many crazy things are they doing just to prove it?
Love makes you forgive when another refuses to apologize. It makes you sacrifice when you have very little left to give. It makes you hope when there's no visible evidence that things will get better. It makes you go over and beyond just because you see value in the individual. It keeps you committed even when everything within says give up.
Love to the natural eye truly does make you do some crazy things.
So, what Jesus is asking of us in the book of John is kind of crazy!
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”- John 13:34-35, NKJV
What! Be crazy about one another?!
It's as if Jesus is saying yes, be as crazy for one another as I have been with you. Forgive, as I do with you. Be kind, as I am with you. Be as patient as I am with you. Be self-sacrificing like I consistently do with you. Be as crazy for one another as I am about you! Love one another!
This commandment is critical because our love for one another is the only thing that reveals to unbelievers that we are true Christ-followers.
"...By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Our churches, our accomplishments, nor our doctrinal beliefs will never be evidence...only our love for one another.
May we, as the body of Christ, allow our demonstration of love to be so great that others in the world witness it.