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John 13:34 says “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”
We are called to Love as we are Loved. I don’t know about you, but I believe Jesus is using this moment to call us to Unity. The issue of Unity is love—Christ’s love for us and our willingness to love others as the Lord loved us. Jesus uses this as a New Commandment, and it presses us beyond our natural, human tendencies to the need for Christ’s inspiration. Christ’s love for us is not dependent on any quality you and I have that makes us lovable. He Loves because He is love. Regardless of our strengths or weaknesses, He still loves us.
That thought might be humbling to some of us. The some of us who want to be chosen, called, and cherished because of our talent, or our personality, or our achievements. Christ’s love is not motivated by any of these human qualities. But, it is motivated by Grace.
If we are to love in His way, we have to take seriously what He says in John 14:14 and ask for it. Then, do what it says in 14:16 and allow the Holy Spirit to give us power to do it. In a world of distractions of love, people’s manipulations of love, and a false love that many can interpret as lust, Unity is not possible without His commandment. Also, it isn’t possible without me and you being willing to receive His love for others. Let us remember that the servant like, selfless love that Christians (need to) display toward one another witnesses to the world that they are His true disciples.
Listen to my Podcast on the Podcast page episode "Commit to Love" to learn more.