A New Commandment

A New Commandment

Love one another; as I have loved you.

In tonight’s Scripture lesson, we hear Jesus give a new commandment. Naturally, it’s important. It shifts the paradigm from obedience to love. The 10 Commandments are still useful, but the new commandment evokes love.

Love cannot be commanded. That is the lesson we learn from the old. True love is the response of the beloved to the loved bestowed.

We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Therefore, Jesus says, “love one another; as I have loved you”.

Thanks be to God for his glory and love bestowed upon us.

Today’s sermon is based on John 13:

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 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.’ 34 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. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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