Love One Another

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:10-13

It seems that just about every other chapter in the book of John deals in some way with Christian love.  In this passage, Jesus gives us this, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

“…love one another, as I have loved you.”  That is given to us as a commandment.  That is a difficult commandment to live out.  Just a command to love one another is a tough challenge.  There are some people who are simply not easy to love.  There are some people who are not kind to us.  Just loving one another is going to be hard.  But then He adds this to it: “…as I have loved you.” That takes this thing to a whole different level.

Jesus loved us enough to go to the cross and die for us.  He loved us when we hated Him.  He loved us even though we sinned against Him over and over again.  He gave up everything for us.  That is the love that we are supposed to show to one another.

I doubt if any of us measures up to that standard of love for each other.  We all have work to do in this area.  How much do we really love one another?

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