If you knew death was quickly approaching, what would be the things you would talk about, the things you would say as your final words to those you love? The setting is night time, the Last Supper had taken place and Jesus knew the cross was quickly approaching. Only hours before His crucifixion, Jesus gave some last key words to His disciples. Not surprisingly, one of the last things Jesus told the disciples to do involved love.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)
This new commandment from the Lord Jesus Christ is to each and every one of His followers, then and today. A new commandment from the Lord Jesus Christ to every born-again believer, every redeemed Christian and child of God.
The standard is set by Jesus Himself, as He has loved us, we are to love our fellow Christians. How much does Jesus love believers?
The believer's love for fellow believers is a powerful testimony to the world that we belong to our Lord Jesus Christ! Loving fellow Christians, this Jesus said, is our witness and testimony to the world that we are disciples, followers of Jesus.
As Jesus has loved you and me, all born-again believers in Jesus Christ, all Christians every where, are to love one another.
HIGHER THOUGHTS: It is not a suggestion but a commandment the Lord Jesus Christ gives to all of His disciples. As Jesus gave this new command to His disciples, those of His time and of today, Jesus knew that He would not leave any of His true followers on their/our own to try to carry out this command on their/our own!
Jesus told His disciples and tells us, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever -- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. " (John 14:16-18)
Jesus did not leave us to try to carry out this new command in our own power. Jesus did not leave us to love one another in our own strength. Every born-again, redeemed believer in Jesus Christ is indwelled by God the Holy Spirit. And when we look at the fruit of God the Holy Spirit given in Galatians 5:22-23, the very first one listed is love, agape love.
Jesus has not left His redeemed followers alone. Christians are to love one another, not as the world loves, but with "agape" love, and we can do so in the power of God the Holy Spirit. And as we do so, our "agape" love for one another is a powerful witness to a lost world that we are true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ!
As we love our fellow Christians as Jesus has loved us, it is a powerful testimony that our Jesus is real, that our Jesus lives, and that Jesus has changed our lives and can change the lives of others.
"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." (1 John 3:18, NIV)