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John 13:34 (KJV) – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
If you study the life and words and parables and sermons and actions of Jesus, you will find an eternity’s worth of things you should do. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, swamped and rather hopeless. Just look at the Beatitudes if you are tempted to disagree! But there was precisely just one thing which was so vital that Jesus actually went so far as to phrase it as a command, and that was to love each other. We are to love one another, cherish one another, even lay down our lives for one another if need be, and it is all an extension of being a branch on Jesus the true vine.
Apparently Jesus knew that if we could do just this one commandment, everything else would follow. If you bring a child to an ice cream parlor, you won’t need to start issuing rules which insist that the child order a cone, eat it, enjoy it, find it delicious, and so just generally have fun! Once the child gets to the parlor, the rest follows. So also with love: if we can’t do this, nothing else will work, either. If we can, the rest follows.
PRAYER: Teach us to love one another as You have loved us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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