Christian Love

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:34-35

This is an interesting passage about loving your brothers (and sisters).  We can find more verses dealing with the same subject in one of John’s other books, I John.  Jesus tells them that He is giving them a “new commandment.”  They are supposed to love each other the way that He loved them.

That is a tall order.  He loved them so much that He was preparing to go to the cross for them.  He was preparing to die for them (and us).  He loved them more than He loved Himself.  And He commanded His disciples – which includes us – to love each other with that same kind of selfless love.

The question is for us today is this: do we truly love each other?  How do we love our brothers and sisters in Christ?  So often, Christians are not marked by their love for each other.  So often, they are marked by their pettiness, jealousy, bitterness, and gossip.  That is sad.  It is pathetic that Christians have strayed so far from the true commandments and desires of the Lord.

Are we loving each other today?  Have we let little arguments with fellow Christians grow into bitterness and hatred?  I think that all of us can do a little better in this area.  I think that we can all show a little more love to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Jesus told the disciples that “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”  Can all men know this by looking at our love for one another?

4 responses to this post.

  1. I often think I am doing well at loving others. It’s then I have to look back at 1 Corinthians 13 and make that my mirror. As I look into this passage I understand just how far I have to go.

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    • It’s the same with me. Whenever I think I’m doing something pretty well, I come across a passage of Scripture that hits me between the eyes. We all have a ways to go – we can all get better at this!

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  2. I don’t often find myself having verbal arguments with many people only because I do not get out much. I do argue with my family (whom I love very dearly)…but I am quick to apologize.

    Here is an interesting thing. I get on facebook a lot, and catch myself having petty and jealous thoughts. Sometimes I immediately confess them and turn from them, but not always. Even in those cases I eventually realize that I have strayed in my heart and mind, and confess it to the Lord.

    There are so many different ways to sin.

    For some reason the story of the rich young ruler came to my mind as I read this post. That young man didn’t know that his heart was sinful in spite of all of his efforts to do what was right. But the Lord knew, and he revealed to that man the true condition of his heart by telling him to sell all he had and to give it to the poor. The young man went away sadly, but for some reason I find myself thinking that maybe later on when the man was older he might have went ahead and turned it all over to the Lord.

    There is something about these words:

    “Then Jesus beholding him loved him,…” Mark 10:22a

    Jesus knew what was in that man’s heart, yet He loved him.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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    • Hi Theresa! I’m the most laid back person in the world, so I very rarely fight or argue with anyone. But I can completely relate to the facebook thing. It is so easy to let those things creep into our lives and not even realize it (until later).

      That is a great analogue about the rich young ruler. It is a powerful thought that Jesus sees all of the sin and filth in our hearts and yet still loves us. What a wonderful Saviour!

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