Have We Misinterpreted This Popular New Testament Passage?

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Every year, around Memorial Day, social media feeds are littered with references to John 15:13, but is it possible we've misunderstood what Jesus was saying in the popular New Testament passage?

I hadn't really considered my understanding of the verse—I just took my knowledge of the passage for granted—until I was reading through a devotional by 20th century evangelist Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest. And now I'm seeing just how challenging Jesus' words really are.

"Greater love," Jesus told his disciples, "has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."

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