This is my command: Love each other. – (John 15:17, NIV)
But remember the root command: Love one another. – (John 15:17, MSG)
This is My command to you: Love one another. – (John 15:17, VOICE)
So this is My parting command: Love one another deeply! – (John 15:17, TPT)
In each translation, the message remains nearly identical, as there is no substitution nor synonym for loving one another. This is a command and a calling. Jesus gave this charge to His disciples (and to us) shortly prior to His sacrifice on the cross. He modeled how to love through His life, death, resurrection and ascension, and empowers us to go and love like Him. It takes little effort to discover the deep need for love all around us. So many are broken and hurting and in need. Though we cannot solve all of the world’s ills, we can choose to love wherever we are. Often, a smile, a friendly greeting or a simple, kind exchange of conversation extends love in ways that reach far beyond what we might imagine, and remind the recipient that they are valued and worth our while. Jesus will use our willingness far more than we could hope or imagine, if only we choose to love. May we rise up in obedience to what God requires of us, as He calls us to love in word and deed, just as we are so lavishly loved by the Lord.
The Lord, He commands,
We love each other;
He values us all,
Sisters and brothers.
The light of His grace,
Is meant shine through us;
As we choose to love,
Show the world Jesus.
So much of our love,
Is not simply words;
But through what we do,
That God’s love is heard.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace, as You demonstrate Your love to us so often through the words and deeds of others. Forgive us for the times that our words or actions did not show Your love, and teach us to do better each time we have the opportunity to love. Show us how to love those around in a way that demonstrates Your loving kindness and faithfulness through all that we say and do. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we choose to obey what You are asking, and go forth and love one another as we are loved by You. Amen.
They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. – Psalm 145:7