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A new command: Love one another

February 14, 2018

John 13-34-35

On February 14, 2018, Valentine’s Day, a day generally set aside to celebrate love, the Verse of the Day is found in John 13:34-35 (NIV):

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

This passage brings to mind the fundamental principle that can be universally applied to build and enhance all relationships. Expressed as a verb that connotes action when specifically applied in terms of what we must do:  the first principle is “Love—one another.”

Put another way:  Love is the application of the first and great commandment:  Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two hang all the law and the prophets,” said Jesus Christ.

Love is where it begins, and love is where it ends. Also remember that the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. Each day we must

Decide to demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The first thread whereby we must launch all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

“Love one another.”

The Verse of the Day also reminds us that love must be demonstrated, as 1 John 4:9 relates to the love of God:

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

How do you know that someone loves you? Listen to what the individual says and watch what that person does. There must be a demonstration of love, first of all with God, and secondly with others. God didn’t just say, “I love you, world” and blow the earth a kiss, He communicated his love when He so loved that He gave His only begotten son.

1 John goes on to discuss the love of God in more detail, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:

1 John 4:7-11 (NIV)::

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

11 Dear friends since God so loved us, we also ought to love one

God desires that we become more aware of the magnitude of His great love, the driving force of the universe. His desire is that we “know the love Christ which passes knowledge.” May we grow in our understanding of this eternal truth expressed this prayer:

“. . .  Just how much You love us.”

“Oh, how He loves you and me. . .”

Traditional Gospel Song

 

Father, expand our mind and widen our comprehension

To recognize Your ways to an even greater dimension.

As we call upon Your name and bow in humility,

Help us to understand to a greater degree.

Enlighten our eyes with the wisdom that comes from above.

You call us beloved, ones worthy of Your endless love.

When we are tempted, knowing that You love us dispels all fear.

As we seek to please You, open our ears that we might hear

Your word and endeavor to hide it deep within our heart.

Despite past failures, misdeeds, and shortcomings on our part,

Your love is constant and never changes but ever grows,

Unfolding in matchless beauty as a dew-kissed rose.

You say do not love worldly things or pleasures that they bring.

You show us God’s love is more to be prized than anything.

God desires that each individual believer might know Him and experience His unconditional love, that is, to have a deeper personal knowledge of who He is. We come to know God through the Word of God which makes known the love of God.  As we establish and maintain our relationship with Him, we also experience the love of God, the most powerful force in the universe.  Once an individual knows God on such a close, experiential level, that person “knows God for himself or herself,” and that individual is forever changed. God desires that we know just how much he loves us, so that we, in return, will follow Christ’s command to love one another.

We close with “They’ll know we are Christians by our Love” sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:

One more reminder: Love one another

February 14, 2017

John 13-34-35

It comes as no surprise that the Verse of the Day for February 14, 2017, Valentine’s Day, should remind us to “love one another”:

John 13:34-35 (NKJV):

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.”

This clear exhortation is repeated not only in the Gospel of John but in more than a dozen other places throughout the New Testament where believers are commanded “to love one another.”   Jesus Christ is the model, the standard of love whose demonstration of the love of God we must follow.

The Epistle of 1 John echoes the same sentiments regarding the love of God, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

The Holman Standard Bible describes the exhortation to love in this way:

Romans 13:8

[ Love, Our Primary Duty ] Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Dr. Martin Luther King has also offered this reminder:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day love should be the foundation upon which every relationship is built, as this poetic excerpt reminds us:

To decide, demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The platform whereby we must build all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

This time Kathy Troccoli and Friends offer yet another reminder to love one another:

 

Love one another, not just on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2016

John 13-34-35

The discussion on love begun earlier this week culminates with The Verse of the Day for Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.

John 13:34-35 (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.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The Lord not only commanded his followers to love, but he set the standard by which they  should demonstrate their love for one another, in the same way that he manifested his love toward them.

How do you know that someone loves you? Listen to what the individual says and watch what that person does. There must be a demonstration of love, first of all with God, and secondly with others. God didn’t just say, “I love you, world” and blow the earth a kiss, He communicated his love when He so loved that He gave His only begotten son.

1 John goes on to discuss the love of God in more detail, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Love should be the foundation upon which every relationship is built, as this poetic excerpt reminds us:

To decide, demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The platform whereby we must build all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

This time Kathy Troccoli and Friends offer yet another reminder to love one another:

 

With patience love one another

January 30, 2016

Ephesians 4--2-3

The Verse of the Day for January 30, 2016 comes from Ephesians 4:2 in the New Living Translation:

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Once again, the Amplified Bible offers a more expansive rendering of Ephesians 4:2:

Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.

This verse offers another reminder to live in humility and meekness with patience whereby we endure or bear up under, and “put up with,” making allowances for one another because we love one another. Patience is the golden strand woven throughout the gnarled threads that comprise the tapestries of our lives. As believers we are exhorted to wait patiently for the return of Christ who is our blessed hope. We are encouraged, not only to wait for him but to wait on him, as we serve one another in love.
Because we love one another, we are reminded of how we should behave. 1 Corinthians 13 provides quintessential definition of love and shows us what love looks like:

I Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Peter 4:8 in the Amplified Bible offers this reminder as to why we should love:

Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].

1 John also discusses the love of God in more detail, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:

1 John 4:7-11 (NLT):

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

Throughout the New Testament believers are exhorted to love one another, which we recognize as the will of God for our lives. Hebrews 10:36 in the Amplified Bible encourages us to have patience:

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

We close our blog entry with Kathy Traccolli, who offers yet another reminder to “love one another”:

Love one another . . . one more time

February 26, 2014

1 John 4 9-10The Verse of the Day for February 26, 2014 reminds us that love must be demonstrated, as 1 John 4:9 relates to the love of God:

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

How do you know that someone loves you? Listen to what the individual says and watch what that person does. There must be a demonstration of love, first of all with God, and secondly with others. God didn’t just say, “I love you, world” and blow the earth a kiss, He communicated His love when He so loved that He gave His only begotten son.

1 John 4 goes on to discuss the love of God in more detail, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

This time Steve Green offers yet another reminder to love one another: