John 13:34, 35 - The New Command - Love As Jesus Did.
John 13:34, 35 (NIV) 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 one
A new commandment ... as I have loved you.
The commandment to love was not new. Deuteronomy
6:5 commanded love for God and Leviticus 19:18
commanded loving one's neighbor as oneself (Matt.
22:34-40; Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8).
However, Jesus' command regarding love presented a
distinctly new standard for two reasons: 1) it was
sacrificial love modeled after His love (as I loved You;
15:13), and 2) it is produced through the New
Covenant by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit
(Jer. 31:29-34; Ezek. 36:24-26; Gal. 5:22).
[MacArthur Daily Bible 2003]
We are to love each other as Jesus loved us,
and he loved us enough to give his life for us.
We may not have to die for someone, but there
are other ways to practice sacrificial love:
listening, helping, encouraging, giving. Think of
someone in particular who needs this kind of love
today. [Life Application SB re 15:12, 13]
Love is more than simply warm feelings; it
is an attitude that reveals itself in action.
How can we love others as Jesus loves us? By
helping when it's not convenient, by giving when it
hurts, by devoting energy to others' welfare rather
than our own, by absorbing hurts from others
without complaining or fighting back. This kind of
loving is hard to do. That is why people notice
when you do it and know you are empowered by a
supernatural source. The Bible has another beautiful
description of love in 1 Corinthians 13. [Life
If you want to grow spiritually, let love
be the ruling principle of your life. Be ruled
Love does not necessarily imply approval
of the one loved. If God had waited until He
could approve of us before He sent His Son to
redeem us, where would we be?
Of all the gifts God offers His children,
love is the greatest. Of all the fruits of the
Holy Spirit, love is the first.
The Bible declares that we who follow
Christ should love one another as God loved us when
He sent His Son to die on the cross. The Bible
says that the moment we come to Christ, He gives
us supernatural love and that His love is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The
greatest demonstration of the fact that we are
Christians is that we love one another. If we learn
this secret of God early in our Christian
experience, we will have gone a long way toward a
mature, happy Christian life.
Are you waiting to approve of someone
before you love them fully? [Peace for Each Day by
My oldest son, Jack, is home from college
right now. My two younger boys, Will and Addison,
are still in school, but are more than ready for
summer. The other night after everyone had gone to
bed, I tossed and turned until midnight. When I
couldn't sleep, I finally got up to go check on the
boys. Mom habits die hard. I checked Will's room,
and he wasn't there. Neither was Addison.
I opened the door to Jack's room to find
all three of them watching a show on Jack's
computer. They knew they were busted. They mumbled,
"Sorry, Mom," and Will and Addison hurried to their
rooms. I couldn't stay mad for long. I love that my
boys like hanging out - even in the middle of the
night. It hasn't always been that way. In fact,
punching with a side of yelling used to be the way
they communicated their love to one another. Now,
nothing brings my heart more joy than seeing them
love one another.
Nothing brings Jesus more joy than seeing
us love one another. Too often I get caught up
in disagreements or become irritated with those
around me. But when I go out of my way to show
kindness or forgiveness to people, I fill Jesus with
joy. When I love others like Jesus loves me, I
start to look like Him. Susanna Foth Aughtmon
Faith Step: What is a way that you can
reach out in love? Ask Jesus to put a person on
your heart who needs His love and pray for her
throughout the day. [Mornings With Jesus 2022
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan]
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