Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #39 Command…


The word command sounds so demanding and harsh if you take it as a word from a superior to an inferior. We balk at the thought of someone commanding us to do something – especially if it is against our will. We envision harsh treatment or abuse of our freedom. Napoleon Bonaparte once flippantly said after taking command of the French, “I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.” How different it sounds when we receive a command from someone who we want to make happy, someone who cares about us, and someone who has done everything for us – someone who has sacrificed everything for us and loves us. It is no longer a demand – it becomes a joyful duty. We obey out of respect, admiration, and love.


Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus who would go the extra mile, turn the other cheek, and even forgive those who executed him asks us to change the world with the command to love. I often think of this on Thursdays. I wonder what the day was like as his followers made preparations for a Passover meal in a room near Jerusalem. He knew that the fullness of time had arrived, that his betrayer was in the room with the others, and that those who commanded armies would not put up with this King of Love any longer. Yet, he still could say, “Love as I have loved you.” That still changes the world when it is put into practice. It is not love at the boot heel of an oppressor – it is love that is spoken with outstretched arms. Remember that command today – Love.

Be Well


About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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