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Jesus Christ’s Example of Love

Love is a big emotion. Yet it often shows itself best in the smallest ways: a quick visit. A surprise note. A smile.

Jesus spent time with His friends doing the little things. Enjoying the Passover holiday. Sharing a meal. Sitting to talk at the supper table. Jesus also did the unexpected.

Leaving the group who were seated around the table, He fetched a basin and towel and knelt beside each of His friends. One by one, He bathed their feet, the cooling water washing away the desert dust. This was not a self-important gesture. He did not speak words of grandeur. That very morning Jesus had been hailed a king as He entered Jerusalem, but He now sat on the floor, focused on the individual, and gave a simple, tender, humble, and remarkably personal act of service.

When it came his turn, Peter could hardly let his teacher—his Master—perform such a rudimentary chore. “Thou shalt never wash my feet” (John 13:8), the disciple chided. Doing it anyway, Jesus asked them all, “Know ye what I have done to you? . . . I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:12, 15).

Then came the greatest lesson of all. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Through this most basic demonstration of caring service, Jesus asked His disciples to likewise perform small acts of love.

Disciples today still follow that pattern. By taking time, by noticing hidden needs, by seeking to connect with the one, you too prove that “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).