“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.”
John 13:34-35 NIV
These words are some of the last that Jesus says to His disciples before He is arrested and taken away to be crucified. I’m always really impressed by this passage because of the level of importance Jesus puts on us loving one another. He says the way people will know whether or not we are His followers is by how we treat one another, and specifically if we love one another.
I find that really powerful because I know there are many things Jesus could have said in place of loving eachother. He could have said that our perfect interpretation of God’s commands, or our prayer/reading/singing/etc are what will show the world we follow Him. What He choose to single out though was how we show love to one another. I know all those other things are still important but what does that say about how much effort we put into this area of loving one another?
What kind of love is Jesus taking about when He says that we need to love one another? Why would this help others to see that we are His followers?
Written by Myles MacMillan, minister, Central church of Christ