A new and old commandment

June 12th, 2014

In today’s reading from 1 John I looked at 1 John 2:7-11 NLT. The title of this section is A New Commandment.

The first verse sets the scene again…

Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before.

I like the old/new commandment idea to love one another. John reminds us that God has always wanted us to love on another.

This goes back to Leviticus 19:18 where God says, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD”.

Jesus also gave us this command in John 13:34-35, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John reminds us the importance of loving one another. In the last section we saw that living in the light meant to follow God’s commands. In today’s section it shows that by loving our Christian brothers and sisters we walk in the light and we even make the darkness disappear!

So let us purpose in our hearts today to love one another. Let us love one another the way Jesus loved us. Let us also think of ways we can do this practically.

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

Since coming to know Christ, do you find it is easier to love others? Has your love for others grown the longer you walk with Christ?

What are some practical ways you can show your love for others today?

God Bless,

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