Jesus gave his disciples one of the most important lessons of their lives at the Last Supper. His new commandment is a game-changer for anyone who embraces it. Jesus gave us the example of how to love people. His command is to follow his lead – love one another!
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Even though Judas had just left the Last Supper to go betray Jesus, which Jesus was fully aware of, the Lord continued to recline at the table with his disciples. Why? Jesus still had much to teach them. This was the last time they would be together before Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
And so as Jesus was preparing his disciples, he laid out a critical commandment for them to live by: love one another.
The whole world will know that we are disciples of Jesus if we love one another. As Jesus was the ultimate example of a lover of people, we ought to be like him. I’m not sure how much more there is to say about this. It’s crystal clear – love each other and people will identify us with Jesus.
The problem, of course, is that we don’t always do that, do we? Our unity in the church is often put at risk as we take offense, make offense, put ourselves first, and take sides in disputes. All within the church. This makes us reflect the world and not the Lord. Again, crystal clear, isn’t it?
I want to be different. I want to put God’s will first. I want to put God’s design first. Glorifying the Lord in my behaviour is number one, and loving you all is core to my success. I can’t control what anyone else does, yet today I can control my response.
I can respond in love to all things.
That’s my goal today.
It’s going to be an interesting day…