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A New Commandment

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

John 13: 34, 35 King James Version

Jesus has given us a commandment to love one another as He has Loved us. This is not an option; it is a command. If we were to concentrate on loving each other instead of focusing on all the things that we think other people are doing wrong, we would pray more often for our families and friends.

Joyce Landorf says on one of her teaching tapes “The early Christians could not be public with their faith. I think they were huggers; I think they were touchers. They would draw a sign of the fish in the sand and say by the sign O I really love you”.

What are we saying to others by our attitudes, words, and actions? Are we saying “O I really love you”, or are we saying you are not loved? I received an email last month from a person who feels unloved and unwanted. She told me “It hurts so much and I don’t know how to make them love me”.

We can’t make anybody love us. If we could, the love would not be a real love. The love has to come from the heart of the person. The more I fall in love with Jesus, the easier it is for me to love others especially the ones who hurt me. I need to be more loving toward others.

Are you loving others as Jesus has commanded? Are you reaching out and hugging for Jesus? Do you love Jesus with all your heart?

Joanne Lowe
March 22, 2006

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