20 “I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these. 21 My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me—the glorious unity of being one, as we are— 23 I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one—so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.
This is Jesus’ prayer for us, the future believers. He prays that we will be of one heart and mind, that we would come together in him and know how much God loves us – as much as he loves Jesus. What a beautiful thought. I can’t help but wonder how we are doing in this. Are we one in him or are we still trying to single ourselves out, this group is better than that, are we still in a “we vs. them” mindset? How might we learn to be of one heart and mind? Perhaps the answer is Love, diving deeply into the love he is calling us to each and every day.
Loving God, Fill us so full of your love that it overflows out of us onto all those around us, showering them in the love you offer each of us so freely. May we always offer that love you offer us, to everyone around us without judgment, without even a second thought. Amen.
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