Years ago, I preached a sermon on John 13:23-25, which reads: “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
In my introduction, I said, “Everyone will know you are my disciples if you hate one another,” and repeated it multiple times until a lovely member piped up, “IT’S LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”
I said, “Exactly. Now you know the main idea of this text and our call as Christians.” I had half the mind just to wrap up there, but I continued to unpack the passage in what ended in a moving time of confession, repentance, and forgiveness among members.
As simple as this command is––boy, do we often fail to follow it. Passive-aggressive posts, sub-tweets, and hot-takes are the order of the day, while millions around us continue marching towards hell.
Three words: Love one another.
How? Six more: Just as [Christ has] loved [us].
What’ll happen? People will know we’re His disciples.
Loving others is one of the ways we love like Jesus. Think of all He left to come to earth. Think of all He went through while on this earth. Think of what that led Him to. He did this out of love. Left the glories of heaven, was despised, rejected, and crucified. Rose again, and will return, in love, for His people.
That selflessness, that sacrifice is a model worth following. After all, “No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 CSB).
Want to live like Jesus? Love one another.