John 13:34-35 (NLT)
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
Love each other. This is not just a suggestion or a recommendation for us to follow. This is a command — a direct order. It is a new commandment that warrants our attention through service. We prove our love for one another by serving one another. Love is ultimately defined by service. In love, we find our identity. In service to others, love goes deeper than flesh and blood.
Why should we love one another? Because Jesus loves us. He loves us unconditionally and unapologetically. He loves us to the point that He died for us. We didn’t have to do anything, reach a certain status, or perform a ritual in order for Jesus to love us. He just loves us wholeheartedly and enthusiastically. And He proved that He loved us by sacrificing His life. His humility and humanity is an example for us to follow — we should do what He does in our own lives.
Love proves who we are and whose we are. You cannot say that you are a child of God is love does not reign in your heart for others. As God’s children, we are defined by our love. And our love for others leads us to serve them. The family of Jesus is a group of people who intentionally and unconditionally loves one another. When we allow love to be the center of our lives, Jesus says all people all over the world will know that we are His and He is ours. Love is our identity in the family of God.
We prove our love, not by words only, but more so in actions. Jesus didn’t just say He loves us; He proved it on the cross. It is the way of the world to be “every man for himself”, but it is the command of Christ that we be every man for one another. We must have love in our hearts and souls. When we have it on the inside, it covers everything we do. We don’t have to work it up; it automatically shows up in our attitude and in our actions. Love of one another is our heavenly badge. In all we fight to excel in, let us excel in love for God and for others first for this is the greatest commandment.
“Love will echo throughout eternity.”
— Rick Warren