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One of Jesus is most simple commands, was to love one another. He realized that loving each other would define the church better than any number of other commands. In a culture where love was hard to come by, Jesus knew that there would be no better way to draw men back to God. Other religions had no trouble offering rules and regulations to live by. In addition, they gladly judged others on their ability to keep those rules and regulations.
Now as Jesus was preparing to leave, he knew the disciples needed to love one another through the difficult days ahead. They would be tempted to point fingers and pass out blame, but to build the church, that would have to be set aside and replaced with a culture of love and servant hearts. From humble beginnings, that love literally changed the world. Human rights, equal justice and care for the needy all find their roots in the church. Societies that have embraced love have thrived and promoted freedom. Without it, tyranny, corruption and chaos have ruled and led to personal and national enslavement.
Nothing has changed. Men today find it as easy to judge each other as they did 2000 years ago. Sadly, they also find it equally difficult to love one another. We are called to love each other. How difficult when the culture is busy judging the church as well as they do one another. The culture calls the church ignorant, intolerant and unloving. The truth is, the Church is the last bastion of true and unconditional love on the planet. We still call sin what it is—but, we are willing to reach out to sinners and show them what real love looks like. Like the Lord did before us we say as he did—“I do not condemn you, now, go and sin no more.” Love does not ignore those that are destroying their lives, but, instead it offers them a way to restore what has been taken. That is who we are called to be, those that love one another.
God Bless You
“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
“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.”
Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!