Everywhere we go as a family, people are quick to notice how our two sons share my resemblance. Most people just simply comment about, but every once in a while, someone really cannot believe the similarities and is rather boisterous about it! It is comical to see the animated reactions that people share with us. It simply doesn’t take anyone very long to realize how we are related.
In John 13, Jesus told his disciples;
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus’ statement begins with the fact that loving one another and is a command. That tends to throw people off at times, because it connotates the thoughts of duties, burdens, and hard-effort(s). But Jesus wasn’t throwing anyone off with this statement. John reminds us in 1 John that the commands of God are not burdensome, implying that we are walking with the yolk of Jesus, which is easy and light.
Jesus reminds his disciples that loving one another is not something new, nor impossible. He says that you “love one another, as I have loved you…” What a refreshing truth that we simply love based on how Christ has loved us.
Jesus emphasizes this love for one another because of the great benefits it carries. For example, we will experience Christ as we love one another & the world will experience Christ as we love one another.
Last month, we gathered together for prayer with Clinton churches of different Christian denominations. The night consisted of scriptural exhortation & united prayer. It was a very simple gathering that became a strong experience. Within that hour of prayer along with the time of food and fellowship afterwards, you could tangibly feel the love of Christ amongst His people. It would easy to pat ourselves on the back for what seemed like a “successful” night, but it was really just the presence of God amongst people as they loved being with one another, as Jesus loved being with His disciples.
Do we love one another and do we love being with one another? We can answer these questions with certainty only to the degree that we understand and recognize how Jesus has loved us.
Let us recognize how He loves us so that the world will recognize how He loves them.