“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35 ESV
I’ve read this verse many times in my life and yet today, the meaning is challenging and encouraging me in a refreshing way.
Jesus knew that Judas was about to betray him, so he wanted to leave his disciples with some encouraging promises and commands.
When [Judas] had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 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.”
Key verse: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
The type of love Jesus is talking about here didn’t originate on Earth. He said “…just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another”.
Jesus is God in the flesh so his type of love is Holy and perfect. He laid aside his power and glory to live as a man and die for our sins so that we can be justified by faith and have peace with God the Father.
This type of love is so deep, it is from God. And this is the kind of love we must have for one another as Christians. The world should see the way we love each other and say “Wow, they are definitely getting strength from God to love each other so much.”
My fellow believer, let’s aim to love one another like Christ loves us.