“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”
Jesus loves us in the same way the Father loves Him. We must remain in His love. We do this by obeying Him in same way He obeys the Father.
As we live in Christ we will be filled with joy- abundant, overflowing joy.
We must love one another in the same way He has loved us. We must even lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
We are no longer slaves of Christ but friends. We aren’t compelled to obey Him, but we obey Him from love. His greatest commandment is to love one another.
Love is the heart of all discipleship- love for God, love for our fellow Christian and love for our neighbour (regardless of whether they are born again).
The love that Jesus commands is sacrificial love. We must be ready to lay down our lives for others. This doesn’t just mean physically dying to save a life, although that may be necessary. It does mean placing the welfare, joy and needs of others as a higher priority than our own desires and plans. It means dying to my own ambitions and letting the service of God’s people become my highest goal.
In return, Jesus promises joy- overflowing, abundant joy. When we let go of our own selfishness and learn to put others first, we are living God’s best life and joy is the inevitable result.
Father teach me how to love you and to love others. Amen.