Love one another.
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. That’s new?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
That’s literally the entire will of God summed up in two commandments – the second part of which is unmistakably similar to “love one another.”
Time to dig deeper. Any clarity you can offer, Jesus?
“As I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
Okay, now the standard is Jesus’ love. Rewind:
(Earlier in the conversation) “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” Now fast-forward:
(Later in the conversation) “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” Fast-forward again:
(Still that night – now Jesus is praying) “O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
The standard for “love one another” is:
- The relationship between Jesus and His Father (pretty strong example).
- The sacrificial, servant love Jesus shows to the world (pretty perfect).
So, “love one another” is impossible without being in relationship. And we have a perfect picture for how love is shown from seeing Jesus in action.
Oh, yeah, in the way the Bible communicates, “new” means “better.”
So…through Jesus we have a better, clearer picture of how to love one another than the 10 Commandments ever taught us. It’s not spelled out in stone, now it’s lived out in the flesh.
If this seems a little too simple – then how come people are so bad at it?