Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
(There is nothing you can do that is beyond my forgiveness for you, my friend.)
Aunt Ada was a caring soul. She never had someone in her home whom she didn’t love with either food, card games or interested conversation. She never met a stranger.
After 88 years and a stay at the local care center, Miss Ada got to go Home. I’m sure the angels were singing as they welcomed her.
I share the story of this lady because of what happened at the very small, family only visitation. Ada didn’t want a fuss to be made over her and her children tried the best they could to abide by that with a very small, family only visitation. But those who loved her came out in force for this dear, dear, dear woman who loved the Lord and everyone around her.
It was truly sad to kiss our Aunt Ada goodbye, and to hear the gentle weeping all around. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room, as noses were blown and eyes wiped. Yet there was so much love in there that everyone felt it. That’s the kind of love John speaks of in this verse; an all-out greater love for others than for oneself.
So as you go through life, think about a love greater than yourself, and see if it’s how you treat people. Just like how Jesus loved the people around Him. And the next time you find yourself in a very small, family only visitation, love on those around you. Let them know, more than anything else, that they are loved. Show them a bit of hospitality, give them a kind word. Pray for them. And hopefully, they are doing that too.