Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
The word new is an enlightening word, it not only means brand new but also new in the sense of exchanging and replacing that which came before, and what came before were hundreds and hundreds of Old Testament laws and commandments.
We (as well as they in Old Testament times) could not love as Jesus loved until he came and first demonstrated his love (in the first century); this is why when Jesus spoke the verse above ― this was new and different from what was written in the Old Testament. But now Jesus gave us a new commandment that would fulfill hundreds of Old Testament laws and commandments, and one only needs to exchange the old for the new to enjoy the newness that Jesus gave. Yes, to love God (Deuteronomy 6:5), and your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18) is written in the Old Testament, but Jesus gave us the epitome of primo love with which to reach out and it is exciting to love as he loves ― you!
Jesus said, A new commandment I give unto you.
Jesus gave ― so we could know his utmost love for us!
Jesus gave ― so we could receive and presently enjoy his love for us!
Jesus gave ― so we could then experience his love for us by loving one another as I have loved you!
Jesus demonstrated this new commandment by loving people, including you and me. When we practice loving others, our neighbors, as Jesus loves us, then a whole new dimension of love’s potential and reward opens up to us because when we are loving others with the love of Christ, we will come to know and experience “the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19) in our lives.
When we accept Jesus’ love and then love one another with his love, we will effortlessly begin walking in the true splendor of the love of our Savior, and we will recognize that there is no law and no commandment that we can break, which is the true exquisiteness of his love. Take for instance the phrase, “Thou shalt not kill,” when this new love – Jesus’ love, is received and applied in our lives – then it becomes totally impossible to break this (or any other) Old Testament law as Romans 13:10 reveals, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
When we utilize Jesus’ love, we then will be fulfilling all of the laws and commandments without compulsion.
So today, I encourage you to allow the abundance of Jesus’ love for you – into your heart – for then you will have his love that is essential to appreciating and thoroughly enjoying Jesus’ love for you.
John 15:9 and 12:
-9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
-12: This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.