The Ultimate Truth That Transforms
John 13:34, 35
John 13:34, 35 proclaims “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
You have to love this command from Jesus to every believer. It clarifies our purpose on this side of heaven like no other. In these few words we have been handed our greatest challenge because it runs completely contrary to our human nature. Living in a fallen world that is getting darker by the day we have learned to be on guard and think in a more protective way due to the growing darkness in the hearts of man. If we are not careful we will retreat into what we believe is a place of relative safety that actually puts us at the greatest peril.
Remember that in the days this gospel was written it was a far more evil time than what we will probably ever see. Death was everywhere and this new religion called Christianity was held in much suspicion by the pagans which held the power of physical life and death over everyone.
So, what was the secret to the power of the early Christians that caused their faith to prevail over the rest of the world’s beliefs? It was love, risky, bold, fearless love that loved the unlovable no matter what. Let’s face it, the deck was impossibly stacked against them to even survive let alone to thrive. They chose to let go of their fears and passionately love and change the world one heart at a time.
So, the question remains for every believer from then to now…what are you doing with this amazing gift? Are you content to hide it altogether, to give it out only to those who will love you back, or is it a gift that allows you to see and act in this fallen world just like Jesus did?
This love will turn you into a radical Jesus-person who lives for one thing alone, to touch at least just one more hurting heart today in this dark world with LOVE. Truly this is the only life that is worthy of the sacrifice that Jesus made to rescue our souls from destruction and to give us an unspeakable joy.
“Spread the love of God through your life but
only use words when necessary.” (Mother Teresa)