Posted on 28 Aug 2015 12:59

Friday, August 28, 2015

St. John 13: 34 (KJV)

34. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Jesus knew that relationships are the most valuable asset that we have, but at times the most difficult to maintain. That’s why Jesus taught, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Then He added, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (verse 35). When He says “one another” He means fellow believers. The most important trait of a follower of Christ is a deep, sincere love for brothers and sisters in Christ.

In giving this command, Jesus did something the world had never seen before—He created a group identified by one thing: love. The world identifies groups by race, status, employment, fraternity, religion, shared interest, by alma mater, etc. The ways people categorize themselves are endless. But the church is unique. For the first and only time in history, Jesus created a group whose identifying factor is love. Skin color doesn’t matter. Native language doesn’t matter. There are no rules about diet or uniforms. Followers of Christ are identified by their love for each other. A love that is holy and unconditional. The love that God showed for us in giving His Son Jesus. The kind of love that Jesus showed for us when He gave Himself for us.

We are His followers and He is our example. We have to love the way He loves. That is who we are and what we are about. LOVE!

Beloved, that’s how Jesus loved us unconditionally. That’s how we should love one another. And, that’s not a suggestion but a command!

God bless you is my prayer!

Dr. Wooten

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