“Love One Another”

““I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” (John 13:34 HCSB)

The commentaries are never more eloquent than when they write about this great commandment from Christ.  Here are some examples:

  • It is mainly the deeds of a love so noble that lead many to put a brand upon us! ‘See,’ they say, ‘how they love one another . . . see how they are ready even to die for one another.’ – Tertullian
  • Love is the badge of Christian discipleship. It is not knowledge, nor orthodoxy, nor fleshly activities, but (supremely) love which identifies a follower of the Lord Jesus. – A. W. Pink
  • “The measure in which Christian people fail in love to each other is the measure in which the world does not believe in them, or their Christianity. – G. Campbell Morgan
  • The new command is simple enough for a toddler to memorize and appreciate, profound enough that the most mature believers are repeatedly embarrassed at how poorly they comprehend it and put it into practice. – Don Carson
  • The commandment to love one another has almost no meaning apart from its contextual presupposition, “I have loved you.” – Gerald Borchert
  • The more we recognize the depth of our own sin, the more we recognize the love of the Saviour; the more we appreciate the love of the Saviour, the higher his standard appears; the higher his standard appears, the more we recognize in our selfishness, our innate self-centredness, the depth of our own sin. With a standard like this, no thoughtful believer can ever say, this side of the parousia, ‘I am perfectly keeping the basic stipulation of the new covenant.’ – Don Carson
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