What would you most want to say to your loved ones
as you prepared to leave them in this world?
Compare your list to what Jesus says to His disciples in John chapters 13 through 16.
One of the things I would say is this:
My loved ones, I ask you, I beg you,
love each other—
deeply, actively, totally, more and more every day!
Never forget it!
Never grow lax in it!
Never let anything take its place!
Your love can express a portion of the love I have for each of you,
the love I would show you if I were there.
In my absence, friends, I ask you with all my heart:
love each other!
That is one of the first things Jesus tells His disciples
to prepare them for His departure.
Love one another,
even as I have loved you. (John 13:34, NASB)
Later He comes back and says it all again.
We are Christ’s presence in this world.
He longs for us to deeply, daily, totally, actively
express His love for those that are so dear to Him.
Do you love Jesus Christ?
Do you care what matters to Him?
Then love one another.