John 13:31–35 (ESV)
A New Commandment
he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little
children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:
just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus is about
to go away, but the disciples do not understand this. What is more important is how he wants us to live. He gives a new commandment: “love one another, just as I have love you, you also are to love one another.” Think about this…
is this how you are living? To often, Christians can be destructive to other Christians. Sometimes I wonder how we can ever plant the seeds of faith when back biting and back stabbing is going on within the church. Who would want to be a
part of that? Jesus wants us to love one another. If we can live this, others will be drawn to the church. Of course they are drawn by the Holy Spirit, but they will also want to be part of the church. Sometimes we are our worst enemy.
Jesus says that by our love, “all people will know that you are my disciples, if you, have love for one another.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to love all people and not let it be a shallow love,
but an agape love… that is a love that I want what is best for them according to God’s will. Let others know we are Christians by our love. Amen.