A new commandment I give you, that you love one another just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for another. [John 13:34-35]
I marvel at the thought that sometimes loving someone by the word of God actually has nothing to do with that person, but has more to do with you and God. “By this all people will know that you are MY disciples, if you have love for one another.” It always seems to come back to showing and giving glory to Christ through living in the way of which he commands. In return, we receive the gift of rich, full, and long-lasting relationships
I can never be reminded to love too often. It so easily slips from my grasp. I can recall the times I have loved someone, when I didn’t think it was possible for me to do so, when the offense was just too great. It wasn’t out of my own power, but through the grace and power of Jesus Christ alone. Likewise, it pains me to think of the times I have deeply hurt others; I can be utterly crippled by it if I dwell on it for too long. There have been situations when I hurt others intentionally, and others I wound unknowingly. Sometimes it caused loss, but other times I received love despite my self-centeredness.
However, no matter what we do, EVERY TIME we display a lack of love to our-self or others, we still receive love from our Savior, Jesus Christ. Now that is something to rejoice in!