Love transforms the way we see
31When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son-of-Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in God's own self and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Judeans so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I think we need that reminder of love today – to love beyond what divides us and keeps us apart, to love each other for the beauty and uniqueness we all bring to being part of the body of Christ. Because if someone’s ethnicity, religion, political views, or status, sexual orientation, or gender expression keep you from loving someone – then we are doing love wrong.
Being resurrection people means that we are transformed and changed by the power of love – God’s love to open our eyes and our minds to new possibilities. We see a community of faith believers marked by the Spirit that unites us rather than by laws and rules that keep us divided – and sometimes that process of having our eyes opened – well it leaves us “mad as hell.” But nobody said that resurrection and transformation were going to be easy, no one said loving one another was going to be simple, it took Peter a few times to get it and it takes us a few times as well. But our God continues to work and push us beyond our boundaries and rules so that we can stand on the side of love and say along with Peter, “who am I to prevent God from doing a new thing?”