34 “So now I (Jesus) am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 NLT
Emojis have taken over common, everyday conversation. We text and use them to signify emotions instead of saying the words. However, there is one emoji that is taking even the advertising world by storm, and that is the heart emoji. Everything is “I heart this” and “I heart that.” What is wrong with simply saying “I love this,” “I love that”… “I love you”?
God the Father is Love, and everyone who loves is a part of Him (I John 4:7-8). Love is at the very core of who God is. Everything He does is because He loves us, even to the salvation of our souls (John 3:16). He loves His creation so much and that same love is demanded of us. This type of love blinds us to the flaws and shortcomings of others, and we are able to see and love them as God does (I Corinthians 13:4 NLT). We are quick to encourage them and to share with them God’s love by example and by His Word. Our “love walk” is true because God and His Word are true.
Our focus scripture shows Jesus giving a new commandment, which is to love one another. Why? As proof to the world that we are His. In Jesus’ day, religious leaders cared more about ceremonies and rituals of the temple and rules of the Law than the needs of the people (Luke 11:42). They missed the spirit of the Law, which was love. The new commandment that Jesus gave embraced all people, starting first with one another. Believers loving other believers strengthens the church and equips each one of them to show and to share this love to the world (I Thessalonians 3:12). It is a never-ending cycle: Loving God + Loving yourself = Loving others.
We need the type of love that runs from heart to heart and from breast to breast. It is contagious, and we want everyone to catch it. We will then continue to walk in love as the ones who turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6) and that’s mighty good company!
Heavenly Father, I desire to be so entrenched in Your love that I cannot keep it to myself, that I must share it with others. You loved me so much that You sent Your Son, Jesus, as a ransom for my sins. I love You so much that I want my brothers and sisters in the world to experience this love. The enemy will not prevail over them because Love is always victorious. In Jesus’ name, Amen.Back to Blog