The Bible says in John 15:12-13, Jesus brings us a whole new teaching to help us better understand God’s Love. This New Commandment is love one another as I have loved you as Jesus proved His Love in every sense of the word. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. LOVE is treated as exclusive covenant limited only to romance in marriage. Therefore to tell anyone not a spousal relationship you love them sometimes sound strange so motive questioned. Bias towards love treating it as if it is reserved exclusively for sexual intimacy makes it awkward for some to express genuine deep true love affection appropriately to family.
The Bible clearly states God is Love. It means every interactive action must be undergirded by the love for one another. On the other hand love is misinterpreted as boundaryless affection so extends to all sorts of misinterpretation in name of lust to abuse genuine love. So the Bible helps to teach us the true meaning of love in daily living towards each other. To love one another means to accept all unconditionally warts and all treating everyone as GOD’S Children worthy of love as God Loves us all. God’s Strength makes it possible and so it becomes easiet to love other people of different tribes, nations in Jesus Name. Although cultural differences influence attitudes towards preconceived ideas so creates misunderstanding. Some may let us down, hurt our feelings, pass us over or discriminate against us. Others may be jealous of us or make us feel jealous of them. Some fight, oppress us while others ignore us. Some do unrealistically over demand our love. It seems the more we love them the more they want our love so seem not to have enough of us.Some make it clear that we are totally responsible for filling and topping up their love tank. So do not see love as 2 way street but as culdesac. Therefore it is always only all about their happiness so they never think of giving back same love they demand from others. Despite their emotional roller coaster pressure of love it is never good enough the love given them so they want more. Humans can only give so much love to another without God factor empowering love.Often when we meet people love is not the first thing that comes to mind. But Jesus told us to think only genuine love instantly about others. In reality for the superficial person it is a person’s outer appearance, garments, labels and price tag of their shoes, jewels, handbags or hairstyles that comes to mind. Selfies constantly show off to the world in case nobody is available to notice, comment on these things for approval. Attention shifts openly to photograph outlook not inner beauty or contentment discussed.What do you feel about fellow human being? Maybe you are a compassionate person who thinks only good things like friendship, mercy GOD’S Graciousness. Jesus reminds us to keep crucifying the old human nature. As adverts promote ego, competitive energy, superiority, ambivalence. Such actions fuel distrust, anger, envy, hate, bitterness, spiteful desire for retribution or revenge. Jesus gives new command to love people.Some people may feel like getting away from such negative influences or bad priorities that wear out with complaints, troubles, excessive talking or bragging about ‘successes.’ Jesus says as His disciple you must obey New Command to love one another as it is beautiful to make friends with God’s Children. Also as Christians we love family, Ephesians 5:25; 1 Timothy 5:8; Luke 14:26, love neighbours in Matthew 22:39, and love enemies in Matthew 5:44, love brethren as Christ loved us John 13:34. Can you imagine loving someone so much you are willing to die for them? This is how Christ loves us in Ephesians 5:2. This is the NEW Commandment Jesus gives to all Christians. We cannot love Christ if we do not love others also because he who does not love others does not love God. How can you love God you cannot see but hate the fellow human being next to you? To love God requires loving people we feel we cannot stand because God created them.John 13:35; 1 John 3:14, Jesus said, “My mother and brethren are those who hear the word of God, and do well to obey by doing it. In Luke 8:21, Jesus said, Blessed are all those who hear the Word of God, keep it and apply it in lives in Luke11:28. The bond between Christians is strongly intertwined like the 3fold cord binded by Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit so not easily broken in 2 Thessalonians 3:14,15. God’s words teaches us to follow the Godly Command to love one another.Though all brethren never totally agree on all issues in scripture like Paul or Barnabas in Acts 15:2, Paul and Peter in Galatians 2:11-16, disagreed still loved one another to intercede, contend for each other’s soul in James 5:19,20. Loving one another means releasing people to God to deal with in case of offence against you. We are to owe no man anything except love. We may not feel like it but Joy and peace of mind outweighs the toxic poison of bitterness and hatred that wears soul and damages the bones. Our very health plus well – being depends on loving others. Love warms hearts releasing good hormones while hatred releases toxic bitter bile that clogs body causing death.Christian Godly Love is essential condition commandment. In addition, love begins at home to care and provide first for the loved ones. Then secondly Christians show love especially to those in the household of God. So love enemies, forgive them, feed, clothe them for the Bible says doing heaps coals of fire on their heads. Christianity according to Jesus is Love Godly love for even all kinds of global neighbours some do not feel deserve love. There are occasions when loving one another affects us, impacts our lives and so costs us. It takes the Grace of God and Mercy of God to love one another as Jesus said.Love command must continue truly in word and deed. Salvation depends upon love in Hebrew 13:1; 1 John 3:17,18; 1 John 4:12,20. This New Command of Jesus to love one another replaces old testament law of eye for eye and tooth for tooth. Jesus tells us treat others as we love to be treated. We are to love all people, care for them, help provide their needs, pray for them, support and encourage Godly vision, ensure people’s well-being. We are not to be ruled by our head, emotion in love matters but lean on God’s Spirit in our hearts in line with God Command to obey. It takes valour, courage to love friends, loved ones and colleagues.Jesus demonstrated His Love towards us that while we’re yet sinners Christ died for us. Perfect Jesus Christ overlooked all our sins, faults, weaknesses, mistakes, imperfections, to take on all punishment in our place. Jesus sets a Perfect example to us not to string all other people’s sins to use against them. We are to confess our own sins to God and cover people in prayer for God to deal with spirit behind at work. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places. The people are being used unawares of evil spirit causes hatred and divisions. Jesus says focus on loving God, loving people as God deals with them. We Submit to God, resist the devil so he flees from us. GOD’S LOVE empowers us to love all.