The greatest of love is rare

And it certainly is selfless in nature;

To lay down one’s life for his friends

It’s the most honourable in stature.

It’s to serve rather than to be served

With compassion and humility,

Having understood that nothing is owed to us

And as a result unexpected blessings we see.

To lay down our life simply means

That our identity is in Christ,

As children of God having received His promises

Whilst we learn to fight the good fight.

It’s to go the extra mile

And to be willing to turn the cheek;

To serve with all gentleness

To be humble and to be meek.

The greatest love is not puffed up

And will never parade itself;

It is kind, sincere and genuine

And not absorbed in self.

Because love is a commitment

Not just some romantic tale;

It is steadfast throughout all tests and trials

With the long-suffering it entails.

Jesus demonstrated the greatest love

To lay down His life for His friends,

For those who have received Him

Along with all promises heaven sent.

(C) P.B. 2020

“Greater love has no-one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  John 15:13

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.”  Matthew 5:41

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  Matthew 5:46