Text: John 13.34-35
In one of Jesus’ final conversations with his disciples, he gives them this powerful command, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples…” (John 13.34b-35). While the command seems simple, most of us can attest it isn’t easy to live on a daily basis.
This past weekend, guest speaker Matt Heard taught us that this command contains three parts and can be seen as an equation. First, we experience Christ’s love. Second, we express to others that love which we’ve received. Then, as we exhibit his love, the watching world around us is impacted for the cause of Christ. The equation looks like this:
Experience Christ’s love + Extend Christ’s love = Exhibit his love to a watching world.
When we experience Christ’s love and extend it towards others, the world takes notice and is drawn to Jesus. As you open your hands and welcome God into your week, take a moment and commit John 13.34-35 to memory. Let these verses become a foundation for why we’re to love each other.