Jesus gave this commandment: “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”
But what if you don’t like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an “OUCH.” Beloved this is not rocket science…we all seem to have fallen into this pit! Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35] And how did the others respond to them when they heard this? Mark records that the other 10 became angry.
Can you relate? I can.
But, Jesus used that as a teaching opportunity and we should learn from him. This was a time to teach them this principle: “whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all.” [Mark 10:44] Our servanthood should be marked by being willing to serve others just as Jesus served us. To be a follower of Jesus means we are known by this very character quality: loving one another.
The Apostle John got the message loud and clear. Nothing like the lesson learned at the feet of Jesus! It is as if he is joining us over coffee and as we bumble our way through our confession, John lovingly reminds us that we must, it is not a well maybe I will think about it but we MUST not only love one another but we MUST keep the commandments as well because when we do we are walking in the same manner as our Master did.
So as we draw near to the time of our “hanging out,” John says we should endeavor to do that so when He returns “we may have confidence and not shrink away from him in shame.” [ 1 Jn 2:28 ]
Did we get the OUCH? I hope we did. Application Time: What will we do now?