February 19, 2009
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
You’re probably familiar with the Ten Commandments. But did you know there is another commandment that can transform your life? It’s Christ’s command to love others.
When we really love through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, we not only impact the world around us, but we can transform our own lives from the inside out. When you and I love others as Christ loves, we will see the world differently and we will react to others in a different new way. The personal benefits are incredible!
That’s why Jesus said that when we abide in His love and obey His commandments, our joy will be full.
For instance, when you and I love others like Christ, we become healthier psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. We develop strong and lasting relationships. And we get the fulfillment of living beyond ourselves.
Anyone who’s ever spent any time and energy helping and loving others can attest to this!
For me, I know some of the most memorable moments of my life have been spent teaching a child how to throw a baseball, hammering a nail into a Habitat house, serving food to the hungry, or just being a friend to someone in need.
Jesus challenges us to love from our hearts with how we live our lives. In the book of John He said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” When we follow Christ’s command and love others, we can change the world. Yet at the same time, loving others also changes us. What a bonus!
HOW CAN YOU DEMONSTRATE CHRIST’S LOVE FOR SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?