Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Disciple Loves

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As we conclude our series on identity we are looking at what a disciple does. Yesterday we learned that a disciple listens, today we see that a disciple loves.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
To love others was not a new commandment but to love others as Christ loved others was revolutionary. The love that our Lord wants His disciples to have for one another is different from the romantic kind displayed between loving couples and the brotherly kind shown between friends or family. It’s a totally unselfish love.
The Greek word John used in Jesus’ command is agape—God’s kind of love that expects nothing in return. Jesus was a living example of God's love, as we are to be living examples of Jesus' love. Jesus says that our Christlike love will show we are his disciples. Do people see petty bickering, jealousy, and division in you? Or do they know you are a Jesus follower by your love for one another?
Love is more than simply warm feelings; it is an attitude that reveals itself in action. How can we love others as Jesus loves us? By helping when it's not convenient, by giving without any expectation to receive. This kind of loving is hard to do. It requires supernatural influence. That is why people notice when you do it and know you are empowered by a supernatural source, the Holy Spirit of God.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,

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