LOVE IS FOLLOWING THE STEPS OF CHRIST
The Apostle recalled that the commandment in 1 John 4:21 (“…That he who loveth God love his brother also”) came from the Lord. He said it was the commandment they had received from Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is the King of the universe and any commandment from Him surpasses all the decrees of earthly kings. This is the commandment that John was referring to: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). John heard Jesus pronouncing these words and they remained with him. When he spoke at length on this command, he had a feeling of the need to emphasize it.
The Lord added the reason for giving that commandment: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). One of the marks of true disciples of Christ is love for one another. This has to be their testimony to the world. Early in the book of Acts we see the disciples demonstrating their love by providing for the needy brethren. The office of the deacon in the church came out of that ministry. Love is the greatest service we can render to God because it is the key to everything else we do for Him.
It is to be emphasized that he who loves God loves his brother also. It is natural, humanly speaking, to hit back when someone provokes you. The Apostles who were present when Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane were ready to fight the officers who came to take Him. Peter actually cut off the ear of one of the servants of the high priest. Jesus restrained them and healed the ear of the servant. Love for enemies is also shown here. Love follows the steps of Christ. Christian love is always unconditional. Let this be our testimony to the world.
THOUGHT: “When nothing else could help, love lifted me.”
PRAYER: Lord, teach me always to exercise Thy love.