Sixth Day of Easter
Teach us how to live out the words of John: “We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another” (1 John 3:14a).
Teach us how to live out the truth that by the power and presence of the resurrected Christ we have been raised to walk in newness of life and so we are able to love another as Christ loved us. Teach us how to add willingness to our ability so that we will indeed and in deeds love one another.
Empower us through the presence of the resurrected Christ to love as he loved; empower us to lay down our lives—to lay down our ego, our pride, our focus on self—for the sake of one another.
Help us to be so joined to the resurrected Christ and to be so filled with his life and love that our selfish nature becomes pushed out by the selfless nature that leads us to give our lives away sacrificially rather than to cling to our lives protectively.