Let me tell you about a dog that made the newspapers a while back. Some of you have dogs and know how special they can be. There was nothing special about this dog. He had no pedigree. He was just a mutt. But for some reason one day this dog stopped eating the food scraps that his master set out for him. Instead, he would take the bones, and anything else he could hold in his mouth, and disappear into the woods.
One day, being curious, the dog’s owner decided to follow him to see what he was doing. What he discovered was that his dog had been carrying food to another dog that had been trapped in some barbed wire. Nobody had trained him to do this. Why he should take this action, nobody knows, but he was taking his own food to a comrade in distress, denying himself in order to give another dog enough to eat.
In my book, that dog is superior to many people. Maybe at some time or another he had slipped into a Sunday school class and heard the teachings of Jesus. Even though he was just a mutt, he was living as Christ commands us to live.
Jesus gives us two commands in John 15: 9-12. The first is to remain in his love. Where do we find the power to love as Jesus loved? We find it by remaining in his love. We read in verses 9 and 10: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
In verse 12 Jesus gives us that second command. It is that we are to “love each other as he has loved us.” This command is linked to the first which is to remain in God’s love. When we remain in God’s love, that love will motivate us and give us the power to love others.
God couldn’t physically be with us…
So God gave us dogs.DOG spelt backwards is GOD.
They both show us Unconditional Love!