In the Book of John, Jesus says the same thing to His disciples 3 times: Love one another. If Jesus says something 3 times, we better listen!
3 points on loving one another from Jesus written in the Book of John.
1. Jesus commands us to love.
“This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. You are My friends if you do what I command you. This is what I command you: Love one another.” (John 15:12,14,17)
“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” (John 13:34)
Pretty straight forward there. This is not a suggestion, a random thought or idea, it is an order. Love others as God loves us. Very easy to say, very hard to do at times.
2. Jesus says that loving others glorifies God and is proof of The Holy Spirit working in us.
“My Father is glorified by this [love] : that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.” (John15:8)
I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them. (John 17:26 HCSB)
By this [ love] all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 HCSB)
Now, lets not confuse this with salvation thru works. You cannot get yourself into heaven just by being nice. Once you have accepted Christ, the Holy Spirit will begin to work thru you. The natural outflow from this will be love. The Holy Spirit will also give you the strength to love in those times you don’t want to be loving. God will be glorified when we treat others with love.
3. Love is placing others above yourself.
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
Love is an action, not just a feeling. Love is something you do or say to show someone else that you value them more than yourself. Notice there is sacrifice involved. Obviously the greatest sacrifice would be to give your life for someone else, but can be as simple as biting your tongue when you want to rip into someone or changing your plans to help someone.
Time to take a gut check. Are you showing God’s love to others or are you keeping it to yourself? Are you placing others above yourself or are you placing your own wants and needs above others? I’ve noticed that I sometimes struggle to continuously show love to those who are closest to me, especially when the love is not reciprocated. Stay strong and let The Holy Spirit work through you!
Obviously there is a lot more Jesus has to say about love, this is just a sampling from the Book of John.