What is love?

In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you: that you love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

There are a few extraordinarily powerful proclamations that God makes in the above scripture. He uses the word “new.” In this particular content, “new” is not used as replacement to any of the commandments but a fulfillment of them. First, it means that all commandments fall underneath the banner of this (new) ideology. Secondly, in this “new” commandment, Jesus’ powerful words exhort us to love one another as He has loved us. Notice that Jesus doesn’t instruct us to love one another as we think they ought to be loved, but He commands that we love one another the way He loved us. God loved us in our brokenness, therefore, we are commissioned to love others in their brokenness. God loved us when we offended Him, therefore, we are commissioned to love those who offended  us…

The last and arguably the most critical point that Jesus powerfully proclaims in John 13:34-35 is that all men will know that we are disciples of Christ if we love one another. Men do not know that we are disciples because we are nice. Men do not know that we are disciples if we are friendly. Men do not know that we are disciples if we go to church, hang crosses on our wall, or if we can quote bible scriptures. What reveals that we are disciplined believers of Jesus Christ is if we have love for one another.

What is love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends…

The Amplified translation defines love this way:

“Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.  It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured.  It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail].  Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].  Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

May we, as disciples of Christ, be mindful of how we treat one another in the name of love.

me-new“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

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