Jesus commands before his death -love each other as I have loved you. That is how people will see God in us. Jesus loved unconditionally, openly, when it wasn’t convenient or deserved. When we love each other from the heart the world will see that and wonder; How?
Living in love. Sounds so nice. What if we all lived in love? Less hate more love! It sounds very hippie dippy but it’s true. We get caught up so easily in ourselves and our lives and the comfort and convince we have. We are quick to be defensive and stand our ground to protect what is ours. What if when we are tempted to be angry, judging, and defensive to others you gave up your pride, and took up humility in the Holy Spirit and responded wholeheartedly with love like Christ?
Jesus gave this command just before he showed us his greatest act of love for us. Now some of you may be sitting there thinking about people in your life who maybe don’t respect you like they should. Maybe there are people at work who abuse your talents. Maybe you have had a really rough day; week, month or year and you have just had it up to here with people! This command is not easy. Our Father knows that, but he gives us these trails in life to test our faith in him so that we will grow. Part of that growth is how we treat others. How we love them, because if we love others with accepting, unconditional, forgiving, humble love they will see that love coming from something greater that ourselves. They will see Christ in us, and that is far greater than any hurt, discomfort or inconvenience we may have because of others in our life.
“A new command I give you Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love on another”
Love must be sincere .Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another to brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never lacking in zeal. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.