A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” was a command God gave Moses, as recorded in Leviticus. (Leviticus 19:18). The word “new” in this passage is the Greek word “kainos,” meaning “unprecedented,” “unheard of,” or “of a new kind.”
Why do you think Jesus refers to his command to “love one another” as new (“unheard of”) given God’s similar command in Leviticus?
Is there anyone in your life who you love as Jesus loves you? What does that love look like?
What do you think Jesus meant by “love”?
Would someone you don’t know guess that you are a follower of Jesus based on the way you love?
Oh, Lord, how you have loved us! It is hard for me to totally comprehend. Even when I don’t feel loved, Father, because I don’t feel lovable, I know what you did. You left the riches of heaven, entered into a human, fallible, breaking body, suffered physical and emotional agony beyond my grasp, and then took nails drilled through your wrists so that I could be made new. And all this, because you are love and act love. Continue showing me, Lord, what it means to love in this way here in my life. I want to love like you.
Go A Little Deeper:
Review 1 John 4:16-21 to understand what loving like Jesus looks like in this world.