Jesus said, "A new command I give unto you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35). Throughout the Gospels, Christ teaches that love is the key component for those who profess His name. Author William Fletcher refers to this as the "badge of discipleship." He continues on by summarizing the important elements of Jesus' love demonstrated in the scriptures. Christ's love:
> Showed concern about people's families, homes, and health.
> He was willing to take time for people in need even though He was engaged in a busy ministry.
> He provided others faithful support in the spiritual battle by intercessory prayer.
> He extended complete forgiveness, even when it seemed undeserved.
> He humbly served others.
> He laid down His life for others.
So it is with us. If we are to love others as Jesus commanded, we must learn to express a practical love for the whole person. It must be the kind of love Jesus has demonstrated.
This kind of love only becomes a reality when our lives are totally under the Savior's control. Only then can He love others through us, so what is impossible in human strength becomes possible through the indwelling presence and power of Christ in us. Only in this way can we love others as He has loved us.
Heavenly Father reveal Yourself through me this day.
In Jesus' name, Amen.