“So now I am giving you a new commandment; Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13: 34-35, NLT)
Love each other.
So simple and yet, the command can be a struggle for us some days.
It boils down to loving one another in the same manner that Jesus loves us. As we recognize the magnitude of Jesus’ love for us, we are to love in the same unique way. The love we show and offer to others is the love we ourselves have received from Jesus.
But it is a command that will greatly impact everyone around us, if we truly love as Jesus loved. Our love for others is the proof to a world, who is watching, that we belong to Jesus. Love is the proof that we are His. As we love like Jesus, our love stands out as a fact that will be incapable to dispute. It will stand apart, clear evidence, its merit will be evident to those around us.
“Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.”
~ Mother Teresa
Love is to be:
- An Essential Portion. Love should a part of our everyday life, weaving through our words, actions,and interactions.
- Practical in its application, yet prompted supernaturally by the Holy Spirit.
Our love for others is rooted in the reality that we have been loved by Jesus.
“This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:17, NLT)