What Is This Thing Called Love?

“A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  John 13:34

How’s your love life?

Our society paints a picture of love that is all about romance and emotion.  There are times that you may look at your relationships from that view and feel a great need for  help in the “love life” department.  Yet, how often do you measure your love against the true standard?

The great news is that real love can be obtained and practiced by all!  Did you notice the wording in the verse above?  Command.  Must.  These words  would indicate that this type of love Jesus is talking about is not an option for His disciples, but a requirement.  He could have said He had a suggestion to make.  He could have said this is something to think about or have a discussion group decide if it would work.  But He didn’t.  He said, “. . . command I give you. . . . You must . . . “.  One of the great things about this type of wording is knowing the faithfulness of God.  If He gives the command and states something we must do, then we can be certain that He will give us the wisdom, strength, courage, and power to accomplish it.

So, how about you?  Do you love people as Christ has loved you?  Do you sacrifice yourself for the things others need?  As you consider your love for others, I pray that you will look at your attitudes from God’s standard and seek to share His love with others.  For, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)

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