Commandment or Calling?

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Fear, anger,and hatred abound?  What if one instance of hatred were transformed by love? Or five angry people learned to love? Or ten fearful  circumstances were overcome by love?

John 15:12-17    12 This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 17 I give you these commandments so that you can love each other. (CEB)

[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

In Other Words

This is what I hear as an insistence in the name of God. Perhaps. I pass it on to you. Let the love shown by Yeshua be the polestar that guides your behavior. He gave his life in order to stay faithful to the internal calling he heard in the name of God. Perhaps. You should be prepared to give away your life audaciously. When you act in this manner, you show yourselves to be true friends of Yeshua, followers of the Way that leads to the Commonwealth of God’s Peace and Justice. When you act in this manner, it is more accurate to call you friends of Yeshua, rather than servants of God. When you hear that inner voice of insistence and then respond by following in the Way of Yeshua, you have shown yourselves to have been chosen in the name of God. Perhaps. As the chosen ones, you are participants in the insurrection that is a foretaste of the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice. As insurrectionists let love and mutual respect govern all that you do together.

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