“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” (John 13: 14, 17)
The man who most expressed God’s ideal knew the necessity, power, and pleasure of humility and love. He washed the feet of his disciples to show that it was loving care for one another, and service to God’s purpose that was most needed. Every act of Jesus’s was more than a personal moment in time. It was a lesson for us all.
He expected his followers, the students of his teachings of life and love, to do likewise. They are to remain meek and giving, not self-righteous or above the dirty work, the humble compassion and goodness required in each moment. They are meant to stay in that place of obedience to Love itself, to kneel before the demands of grace, and to love one another not only in thought or in special situations or times, but in active ways and at all times.
When our brother seems to have mud on his boots, do we step away so as not to get mud on our own clothes? Or do we help him wash his feet off, get himself clean of his mistakes or miseries, and at the same time cleanse ourselves with divine Love’s affection and approval? Jesus reminded us that caring for another, with humility and patience, was not only a good thing to do, it was the very thing that would make us happy, satisfied, energized, and at peace.
Be ready to help your brother and be ready and willing to receive his gifts as well. We are in this together and what we are in is His healing and renewing Love!
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