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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: