John 13:34-35 & 15:12 NIV 2011
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Jesus used God’s Words to Moses in His new command, Leviticus 19:18b, “but love your neighbor as yourself.” The disciples were bonded to Christ by His incredible love for them. Christ’s love modeled how to love one another. 1 Peter 1:22b, “love one another deeply, from the heart.” Devoted to each other they shared Christ’s love. Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” 1 John 3:23, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” Believers are commanded to love one another.
In the world in which we live today, there are those that might not be easy to love. My question used to be, “If someone doesn’t love me, am I supposed to love them anyway?” Scripture commands me to love others. That does not mean I only love those who love me. I can love others but be uncomfortable with the life style they’ve chosen for themselves. Commanded to love the sinner, I can hate the sin and pray for them daily.
How does Jesus help us love others?
Jesus loves us,