Thursday, September 1, 2016

John 13:34-35: A New Command

                                        John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; 
as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  35 By this all 
will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Here is counsel to be observed, a directive not always followed.
For when the flesh rises up within, we find it difficult to swallow.
But we don’t live this Christian life in the strength of man’s strong will;
We live by faith in the Spirit’s might as believers Spirit-filled.

Jesus commands that we love others in the manner He loves us.
This is more than a lofty goal to ponder and discuss.
There is a clear identity for those who follow the Lord:
The manner in which they live with others certainly strikes a chord.

“A new commandment,” Jesus said, so this is not a suggestion.
Deciding whether to love your brother is not open to reflection.
“I give to you,” is His word. It seems to be quite explicit.
It’s a command for every believer; be sure you do not miss it.

“As I have loved you,” is the example given by Christ quite clear.
If we would truly follow our Lord, love must be always near.
“By this all will know,” Jesus said, “that you are my disciples.”
Loving is more than a platitude uttered in endless cycles.

How are you doing in the manner you follow this command?
Have you surrendered your attitude to be guided by His hand?
The proof of godly love and life is not how you sing and shout.
It’s whether the grace of God flows in and how His love flows out.

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