“Love one another; just as I have loved you”
Love is probably the most common word in both Christian and non-Christian literature. It is used in a wide range of situations with many different meanings. It is usually used in common speech today in a very casual way! Are those who read God’s word influenced by this? If we are – it will undermine our appreciation of what this word means in Scripture? In the Greek there are two different words and the one we focus on is ‘agape’ which occurs so much in the Gospel of John; he uses it 27 times; 9 times in today’s chapters 13 and 14.
Chapter 13 today contains a key statement of the Master,
“A new commandment I have given you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (verse 34).
So how did Jesus love them? How did he set an example? What events and words show this?
He had just washed their feet and he used this as an example of how to serve one another; however to make a ritual of this would destroy the lesson. It is an example of love and humility toward one another. Jesus said,
“I have given you an example that you also should do as I have done to you” (verse 15).
Not many hours later he would tell them of the ultimate act of “love” soon to occur – saying
“greater love has no man than this” (15:13).
“Who is the greater, one who reclines at table, or one who serves? I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27).
In serving Jesus, we must ourselves seek to show love by what we do. There will be times when we need to be gentle as he was with his disciples when they faltered, and he said
“O you of little faith” (Luke 12:28; but read verses 22-31).
We might think of what we want, but our heavenly Father knows what we need.
He did not send anyone away; they went away themselves when they found his sayings “hard” (John 6:60,66). When John, years later, wrote his epistles he made one particular point which echoed these words of Jesus,
“let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18)
or as the NEB puts it, “love must be genuine and show itself by actions”.
- Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
- God demonstrates his own love
- He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
- What Jesus did: First things first
- Do not forget the important sign of belief
- Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
- If we love one another, God lives in us
- Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
- The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
- The Greatest of These is Love
- The task given to us to love each other
- Growth in character
- Life and attitude of a Christian
- The Law of Christ: Law of Love
- Unconditional love
- Agape, a love to share with others from the Fruit of the Spirit
- Unarmed truth and unconditional love
- Christianity is a love affair
- Experiencing God
- Atonement And Fellowship 4/8
- A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
- A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
- A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
- The Spirit of God imparts love,inspires hope, and gives liberty
- Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
- Time Has A Way Of Healing
- Quran versus older Holy Writings of Divine Creator
- Reflect on how much idolizing happens
- Self-preservation is the highest law of nature
- Improving the world by improving the Faith
- Reflection for today: hating your brother
- To be chained by love for another one
- Love is like playing the piano
- Love turns one person into two; and two into one
- Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
- Work with joy and pray with love
- No fear in love
- Love will cure more sins than condemnation
- Spread love everywhere you go
- A treasure which can give me everything I need
- Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
- The one who has not had a taste of love
- Blessed are those who freely give
- Love envieth not
- Love and cultivate that which is pure
- When we love we do not need laws
- God loving people justified
- God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
- The Passion of Jesus Christ (standupforthetruth.com)
- Luke 12:4-5 (Fear) (tworiversblog.com)
- Stations of the Resurrection 2: Thomas (wonderingpilgrim.com)
- “If Christ be not raised…” (munsonmissions.org)
- Saint Lazarus Church Cyprus Larnca (dronestagr.am)
- More Than Colored Eggs and Chocolate Bunnies (psalmsunday.blogspot.com)
- 10 Scriptures that Explain Easter Perfectly (mommadjane.com)
- The Woman of Samaria (art.thewalters.org)
- Happy Glorious Easter Morning! (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
- 100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 10 (sharingloveandtruth.org) (added in 2015 October)