John 13 introduces the commandment from Jesus to love one another as He loves us—an impossibility. John 14 then introduces us to the Holy Spirit, with whom we are able to do the impossible.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever."
~ John 14:16 (NIV)
The tightrope we face is to be aware of the strength (of Spirit) dwelling within us, to do the impossible, while remaining aware of the weakness (of flesh) dwelling within us, to keep us dependent. As soon as we become aware of the strength operating through us and think it comes from us, we start to slip.
A tightrope walker cannot afford to be distracted, by either a huge cheering crowd or a tiny mosquito. We must likewise allow no distraction which takes our eyes off the Source of our strength, whether exultation or annoyance.
Our strength lies in remaining so aware of our weakness that we cultivate utter dependence on God.
Lord Jesus, thank You for sending Your Spirit. Thank You for making His home in our redeemed mortal flesh. Please help us overcome any hesitation or distraction which hinders Your Spirit's work thorough us and in us—to the glory of the Father.
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