New or Old?
Jesus really couldn’t have made it any clearer for us could he? “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 Have you got this verse marked in your Bible? Is it burned into your memory? If not do it quickly because this new command to love is the mark that sets us apart and defines who we are. Even more importantly though, it is through the act of loving as Jesus loved us, that we make Jesus love be truly known in the world. “By this will everyone know that you are my disciples” John 13:35 “If you love one another”
For many Jesus’ new commandment is as radical and surprising as the first time he spoke it. But for those of us who dare to call ourselves his disciples we really should’ve got the hang of it by now don’t you think? Sadly though, I fear that sometimes these words have become so old and we have become so familiar with them, that we are in danger of forgetting who Jesus has called us to be. So perhaps it’s best if we remind our selves one more time of who it is that Jesus calls us to be. Let’s take it once more from the top;
‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ John 13:34-35
Lord fill us with your Holy Spirit and show us how to love others the way that you have loved us. May your love be seen each day in all that we do and say. Amen.
Till next time. Andrew
This weeks readings: Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-16, John 13:31-35
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills