We’ve been studying what a love driven or directed life looks like and how it operates. The reason for doing such a study is to understand what Jesus had in mind when He commanded His disciples in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
A love driven or directed life is the distinguishing mark of true Christianity. That, above all else, is what we should be known for. Not the buildings we build. Not the programs we produce. Not even the number of people who are Christians or who worship together in our churches. Our distinguishing mark is to be our love for one another. Does your relationship with others reflect something of the love Christ has for us?
In one sense this is not a new command. The Old Testament is replete with the command to love God with all of our being. It is also filled with the command to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is new in that true love is always fresh. Every day our love for others should be vibrant and genuine.
There will always be new challenges to our love. Some with whom we have had a good relationship might turn their backs on us or say something hurtful. The command to love them will require more than when things were going well.
That’s why Jesus confronted Peter with those penetrating words, “Do you love me?” He is asking you today, “Do you love me?” Then, “Do you love each other?”
I hope your answer is “Yes!”