Love One Another

A simple devotional today for the Fifth Sunday of Easter featuring one of the Lectionary Bible readings.

When he was gone, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

‘My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: where I am going, you cannot come.

‘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 13:31-35

The command to love one another was not a new commandment, but the disciples were expected to love one other with the kind of love shown by Jesus himself. His love for God was expressed in perfect obedience, so he wasn’t asking for anything he wasn’t prepared to demonstrate himself.

This kind of love was his command, that Christians express their love for Jesus and others in committed obedience.

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