LOVE AS COMMANDED

OPEN BOOK

John 13:34-35
“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 new commandment speaks the truth in love. Loving one another as Jesus
loved us is the gospel, because it communicates that we are His, that He is
worthy, and that we are changed because He first loved us. Loving someone
begins with selflessness and surrender. We surrender to God because we know
we cannot love others like this without His help, without being loved this
way by Him. It is selfless because to love others like this, we must set
ourselves aside and deny ourselves daily. This is like Jesus laying down
His authority and power and choosing to die on a cross so that we may truly
live because of that…

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