John 15:12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”
Thoughts of verse
Jesus comes back to this in John 15 and makes the meaning clear: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
And how do we love like that? John 15:9, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”
This is the new commandment. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Not by copying my fruit, but by connecting to my vine. You don’t mainly imitate. You participate. Your love for each other is not a simulation of mine, but a manifestation of mine. You are the branches. I am the vine. If you abide in me, you can bear fruit, and prove to be my disciples (John 15:8). This is how all people know you are truly my disciples.
The essence of the Christian creed is contained in this extraordinary command of Christ. Love one another in the same manner that I have loved you. Let us seek to live our lives as unto the Lord in spirit and truth.
Christ willingly sacrificed His own life so that we might live - should we not do the same for others.
Today God is teaching us to love others as he loves them. God loves all people no matter their economic status, education level, body type or what others think of them. Jesus exemplifies how we should express this love to all peoples.
The reason the love we have for each other shows that we are truly Jesus’ disciples, is that it is only possible because we are grafted into the life and love of Christ. We love as he loved, because we love with his love.
Love your brothers and sisters across all racial and ethnic lines. Love the weakest and oldest and youngest. Love the disabled. Love the lonely troublemaker. It is certain when you love that you cannot atone for anyone’s sin. But you can do something like it, because “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
Heavenly Father I pray that I may abide in You and You in me and that Your will for my life may be carried out to Your praise and glory. Thank You that the joy of the Lord is my strength and I pray that my life may be a living sacrifice unto You. Help me to abide in You moment by moment and day by day so that I may be fruitful and bring much glory to You in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.