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." - John 13:34-35
We are commanded to live. "Love one another"--3 words, yet few of us truly obey this injunction. Why is such a straightforward command so hard to obey?
Love is a four letter word on which hundreds of books containing hundreds of pages have been written. In fact, love probably has more unique definitions than any other word. Love is vastly complex, yet at the same time is is so simple that even babes understand it. Where there seems to be love, there it may not be; and where love is not so radiant, there it may be the foundation upon which their life is built. Who can truly comprehend love but God? What undefiled example of love have we except God? Have we not but to look at the pierced hands and side of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to truly understand how to love as He has loved us? Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends (John 15:13). If God did this for us, how hard should it be to put up with the comparatively insignificant things of this life?
When we make up our minds to let the love of Christ shine through us continually, we choose to refrain from retaliating when someone behaves wrongly towards us; to respond gently when that pesky little sister of yours just won't let you alone. Was Christ not insulted, mocked, and even beaten? And yet not one retaliatory word came out of His mouth. He chose to forgive them. And what are our worst trials compared to His? And to think that He went through all this for you and me! To save us from eternity in hell! Should not our gratitude be clearly seen through our daily life by loving one another as we are commanded to do?
Six times in the Gospels are we told to take up our cross and follow Christ. Like the cross that Jesus bore, it isn't meant to be easy. People are going to criticize us for our beliefs, but we are charged to respond in the love of Christ.
I love Hawk Nelson's song, Drops In The Ocean. It is a great reminder of the love of Christ. I encourage you to watch it as I wrap up this post:
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