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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
How do others know you are a Christian? Is it the Bible on your coffee table, fish symbol on the back of your car, sitting in church on Sunday morning, praying over your meals, listening to Christian radio or maybe because your parents were Christians? Nothing wrong with any of those except maybe the fish symbol (I’ve seen how some of you drive). Did you know Jesus told his disciples there is one way that others will know you are a disciple of Jesus? Just one. Love for one another.
In John 13, we see Jesus’ earthly ministry coming to a close as he gathers his disciples together in the upper room for some final words. Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you”, and I can see the disciples’ stopping what they were doing to look directly at Jesus. After all, the first ten were given to Moses about fifteen centuries before so these don’t happen every day. Jesus continues, “that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” They didn’t know it yet, but Jesus was a short time away from showing them ... Read More