We can’t exhaust the subject of how much God loves us. So I won’t try. Knowing how much God loves us better equips us for loving others. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” These are the words of Jesus found in John chapter thirteen verses thirty-four and thirty-five.
Jesus didn’t say by what denomination we belong to. He didn’t say by our speaking in tongues. He didn’t even say by the miracles that happen in our church. How are people going to know that we are His disciples? They will know we are His disciples by me loving you and you loving me. They will know by the way the body of Christ treats each other.
The world has seen our church splits. They have seen our Christian marriages divorced. They have seen our ministers sue one another. It’s time they see us love one another. When they see us change it will better facilitate the change in their lives.
In order for us to love one another we have to understand what it means to love God. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
In John 14 verses 21, 23 & 24, Jesus shows us what it means to love God. Now remember these are His words. They are in red letters. In the Bible, red letters trump everything. “21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”
The New Living Translation makes it even plainer. “23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.” We can’t begin to love others properly until we learn to obey God!