‘John 13: 14-15 Since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” NLT
Good morning friends in Christ! We don’t often think about dirty feet, especially our own. Though we have probably spent far too much time thinking about the dirty feet of others. Of course I am not truly speaking about the cleanliness of feet here; I am referring to our sin filled hearts and the grace offered to us by Jesus!
This verse reminds us that Jesus washed our feet in His grace. No matter how dirty our sin has made us, He will wash us as white as snow! This is such as amazing gift from God, to be offered such grace in our ugliest state!! Wow, I have no words to describe the depth of this kind of love and grace being offered to me! Ponder that for a moment! What has the Lord washed you clean of? Hate, malice, sexual impurities, greed, addictions, and the list goes on. We are so unworthy of Jesus, yet He comes in humility to wash our feet from the filth of our sins!
If you have not accepted Jesus in your heart and life and His offer of salvation and forgiveness, don’t wait! Speak to someone who can help you pray the sinners prayer and accept Jesus into your life.
Now here is the meat of this verse and the most convicting part; we are called to follow Jesus example and wash the feet of others. Meaning we are to forgive others their sins against us. When we look at the context of this section in John, we see that Jesus washed the feet of Judas as well. Judas who Jesus knew would betray Him. How can we do the same? How can we forgive those who have sinned against us and then show them kindness too. Even if the kindness is not in actual deed ( washing their feet) . The kindness can be in our thoughts toward them being for good and not evil and that we pray from a sincere heart for their repentance and salvation. The only way we can do this is with God’s help. Jesus will give us the strength and love to see these people through His eyes, not our own. But our part is to seek this help from Jesus, even if this has to be repeated every few days, hours, minutes. Jesus will not turn away from our asking, He will draw near to us!
Consider how very much filth Jesus has washed your feet from and then ask Him to show you who you need to begin the washing process with. He will be pleased you asked and even more so to work through you to offer grace and love to others.
Love and prayers, Paula Nebel