“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.” John 13:34-35
What exactly is a command? It’s definately not a suggestion! When I’m ordered to do something at work, I don’t sit and think about it, reason it out or even try to sneak out of doing it. No, I know that if I want to continue working at this job, I need to get up and do it.
And maybe it’s just me, but when I do anything, I do it the best I can. Quality, as if I were doing it for myself. How would I like it done? What do I think of it? If I wouldn’t pay my hard earned money for it, I’m surely not going to try to sell it to someone else!
I have three observations regarding this command:
- Nothing in these verses says to love yourself.
- There are few true followers of Jesus from what I see
- Jesus loved EVERYONE-even those who hated Him.
Love isn’t a feeling, a mood, a memory or even romance. Love is a choice-feelings sometimes follow, sometimes not. If we are commanded to love, it should rise up out of us from the seed planted by our Father, for He is Love. Anything else is a mere imitation of the real thing. That’s not quality, and I won’t have it, neither should you.
When we begin to do as we were commanded, we can expect things to change.
Let’s Do It!