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Series: Luis Palau | Love Each Other

On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis Palau points out some of the amazing things Jesus had to say about love, and how we should demonstrate it in our lives.  

What's Your Story? Friday, November 16, 2018

By inviting someone to tell his or her story, we learn more than a set of facts. If we listen carefully, we end up learning how they think, feel, and relate to others. Even more importantly, a bond is formed when we resist the temptation to talk and instead simply hear that person’s story, no matter how long it is. Yes, sometimes it may mean missing our next appointment.

Yet something very deep happens between that person and me once I’ve heard his or her story. I get glimpses of God’s fingerprints all over his or her story. It doesn’t always mean I’ll have the opportunity to introduce and eventually hook their interest in God’s stories. Then again, that often happens.

The crazy thing? Nobody ever asks, “What’s your story?” As a result, many people are caught off guard, and may put up an initial defense. But if you keep smiling, allow for silence, and ask again, and then ask a third time, many will start a meaningful conversation.

After someone tells you his or her story, they often will say they have never told it to anyone else. So, never hesitate to ask the most beautiful of questions: “What’s your story?” It could open a door for you to share the greatest story of all time – the Good News of Jesus.

This is Andrew Palau.

The Fruit of Intimacy and Sacrifice Thursday, November 15, 2018

The night before dying for our sins, Jesus says these very remarkable words: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” [John 13:35]. When Jesus uses the phrase, “your love...will prove,” he’s not talking about some kind of intellectual accomplishment. Instead, the Upper Room Discourse, as John 13-17 is often called, shows how the fruit of our love can become a phenomenal display of the Lord’s glory in the world. And what is the fruit of loving as Jesus loved? We find the answer on that same page.

The fruit of loving is obeying Jesus, just as Jesus obeyed His Father, to the point of being willing to lay down His life for us. This is the fruit of sacrifice. The fruit of loving as Jesus loved us is experiencing unity with God and with each other. This is the fruit of intimacy, spiritually and relationally.

The fruit of intimacy and the fruit of sacrifice are inseparable. Together, they become an incredible display of the Lord’s glory in the world. May our friends - and even strangers - see God’s glory and goodness in us again today.

This is Luis Palau.

The Secret of Monumental World Impact Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus tells His disciples to love each other as He has loved them.  He goes on to say, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” [John 13:35].

Everything good that Christianity has done in the past two thousand years has been the fruit of our love for one another. Conversely, everything evil that people have done in the name of Jesus Christ, blaspheming His holy name, has been the fruit of rejecting what Jesus Christ said, especially that night.
I don’t care how much such people talk about love. “Love” divorced from God’s grace isn’t love at all. Conversely, love with grace makes all the difference in the world.

On your favorite search engine, type “John 13:35” and “William Wilberforce” or “Mother Teresa” or “Billy Graham.”  You’ll find untold numbers of links. What is the secret of their monumental, positive impact on the world? May I suggest it isn’t a secret at all? They simply knew how to love others as Jesus did: on the basis of Jesus’ righteousness, filled with Jesus’ grace, year after year, decade after decade—until the whole world knew they were Jesus’ disciples. Let’s do the same.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Changes what it Means to Love Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It’s the night before His crucifixion. Jesus has washed the disciples’ feet. Then He says: “So now I am giving you a new commandment. Love each other” [John 13:34].  I can imagine Jesus pausing to let the words sink in. Of course, the more they sink in, the more His disciples must have wrinkled their foreheads. “Love each other.” That’s it?

I can almost hear Thomas muttering under his breath: “But Jesus, what’s new about that? Moses gave us the command to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ about 1,500 years ago. You can’t get much older than that.” Thomas would have a good point. That is, if Jesus meant only, “Love each other as you love yourselves.” But Jesus isn’t finished yet. Jesus goes on to say: “Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”

In 11 words, Jesus radically changes what it means to love others. It’s no longer enough to love them as much as I love myself. Jesus calls us to love them as much as He loves us. Then He adds: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” [John 13:35].

What could be better? What could be better, indeed!

This is Luis Palau.

"Just as I have Loved You..." Monday, November 12, 2018

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus wastes no time in communicating what’s absolutely foremost on His heart and mind.

To show them the full extent of His love, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, eats the Passover meal with them and—using the bread and cup—shares the first Christian communion with them. After dismissing Judas the betrayer, Jesus tells His disciples one more time that He must die for their sins.

Then Jesus says something startling, revolutionary, and in many ways world-changing. First, Jesus says: “now I am giving you a new commandment” [John 13:34]. Peter, James, John, and the other disciples must have sat up when Jesus made this proclamation. They’ve followed Jesus closely for three and a half years. They’ve seen virtually every miracle, heard almost every word of Jesus. Now, with the cross only hours away, the tension rises in the room. They’re holding their breath. You can almost feel the sense of anticipation. What is Jesus going to say next?

What Jesus says next is: “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”

”Just as I have loved you” animates our love as we reach our world together.

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer



Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.