Verse of the Day - Day 167

The Full Extent of His Love - John 13:1

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Today's Bible Verse:

John 13:1
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: The Full Extent of His Love

Here we are at the Last Supper, and Jesus is preparing to wash the disciples' feet. Where the English Standard Version states, "he loved them to the end," the New International Version says, "he now showed them the full extent of his love." The full extent of Christ's love is demonstrated in this humble foot-washing service, which he did even for the one disciple who would betray him, Judas Iscariot.

His mission of self-sacrifice is magnified in the Lord's ultimate and final act of service on the cross.

We, too, are called to imitate Christ's "servant-love." This story about D.L. Moody is a great human example for us to follow:

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody's Bible Conferences in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

Moody saw the shoes and mentioned the situation to some ministerial students who were there, but met with only silence or pious excuses. So Moody gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, one of the world's most famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

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