Love Others As Jesus Loves You

Recently, God has been teaching me about Christlike love and what it truly means. As part of my search for purpose and fulfillment, I have been reading from the Pathway to Purpose for Women devotional. I’ve been spending about a week on each chapter, in an effort to really study and meditate on the lessons. Well the last week’s lesson was all about Christlike Love.

I am giving a new commandment to you – love each other just as much as I love you. Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.John 13: 34-35

The main point here is that Jesus didn’t just give His disciples a new rule or a new idea, He gave them (and us) a new commandment. Loving others around us and in our lives (and those we’ve never met before) as Jesus loves us, is a commandment. It’s something He’s commanded us to do in order to live our lives as God intended. And not only that, it is critical and central to the purpose that God has planned for each and every one of us.

Jesus goes on to explain exactly what he means in the Gospel of John:

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you… My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.John 15:9a, 12-13

And then – He did. He laid down His life for us, so that we may be forgiven of all our sins and have eternal life in heaven.

This revelation was huge for me. As a fairly new Christian, even the basic principles that some people discover when they are younger, bring me a great amount of joy and happiness. And at the same time, so much reverence for our Lord and Savior. Christ’s willingness to die for our sins was the ultimate act of love – to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. That is the ultimate definition of what it means to love others as Jesus loves us.

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