A New Command: Day 9 of Lent
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:31-35
Only John records this conversation and saying.
It sounds quite simple when you say it, Lord,
but to love one another as you love us is not as easy as it sounds.
When we work out what it means –
-always patient, always kind, no envy or boasting, no conceit or rudeness, no selfishness, no score of wrongs, no limit to faith or hope or endurance
-it’s very hard for us.
Being “commanded” is not enough, we need more than that;
even your clear example is not enough, we need more than that;
we need some help.
Can it be
that this is promise as well as command at the same time?
When you command, “You must love one another,” are you also promising, “You will be able to”?
Is the secret of it, “You in me” and “I in you, when you are working in our lives?
Lord Jesus, fill me with your love,
-until there is no room in me for anything that spoils me, no room for anything save Love.