The Greater Love (Part Two)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 2:8 – Again a new commandment I write unto you {referring to the new commandment that Jesus gave in the Gospel of John 13:34}, which thing is true in him {Christ} and in you: because the darkness is passed, and the true light now shineth.

The new commandment that Jesus gave to us originally was only available to himself until he had redeemed humanity. However, since Christ has redeemed us, this new commandment gives us the ability to enjoy the spiritual love of God that once only Jesus knew, but now we can know it also. We can daily realize what Jesus had taught is true, for the love of God is in him and it is in us. “The true light that now shineth” means that we indeed can experience this “greater love.”

I John 2:10 – He that loveth his brother {a fellow Christian believer} abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

When we love as Christ loves we are abiding in the light. How often when we walk in the light will we even have an occasion to stumble? Never!

I John 3:16 – Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he {Jesus Christ} laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

This is a verse of Scripture that we best look over very carefully. First we can now perceive with understanding, God’s actual love, because we now have it. We currently have the love of God in our hearts because Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. Then comes the phrase “we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” and we may think “No way I am doing that!” In real life very few people can honestly up and die for someone else. They may say it, yes, but carry it through?

In the Gospel of John 15:13, Jesus said “greater love hath no man {no one} than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” No one other than Jesus had this greater love. John 15:13 was pointing to a future moment in the life of Jesus that would end his life in a horrible, torturous death. However, I John 3:16 is looking back in time to when “he laid down {past tense} his life for us.”

Today we have this greater love that Jesus utilized, but for us in God’s family we are never encouraged or directed to die for one another! Rather we are instructed and encouraged to live for one another in love, and live immersed in the light of God’s love. Man’s love at its strongest point could encourage one to say, “I would lay my life down for you.” However, God’s love in its greatest emphasis encourages us to live for one another, not die. Also notice that I John 3:16 does not say to die for each other. We are only encouraged to lay down our lives in service, and what we are to serve is the love of God!

Well, praise God for knowing His truth. There is no profit in dying, especially when your God desires that you enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus taught that only one would suffer and die. Yes, it took the love of God for Jesus to accomplish this for you (for all sinners, so anyone could be saved), but now God’s “greater love” is given to enhance your life each and every day.

A New Commandment

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 13:34 – A new commandment I {Jesus} give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Here in the Gospel of John, Jesus had just given his disciples and Apostles a new commandment. This commandment was so new that they really did not fully comprehend it until after Christ Jesus was resurrected and ascended up into heaven and they began living within their new commandment. The new commandment was to live in love. This love was greater than any love known to man before Christ had shown them. Jesus then explains the benefits of living this new commandment of love:

John 13:35 – By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

When and where we apply this new commandment, Jesus had said that all men would know whose disciple we would be. Love is one of the greatest things that God in Christ has ever given to humanity. Walking in love not only will identify us as Christ’s disciples, but living today in love is the way that Jesus taught us how to walk with him.

I John 4:20 – If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother {another Christian}, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

It is impossible to say with genuine conviction that “I love God” if one hates. This word “hates” means to slight or dislike; however, the emphasis here is not on the negative (the slighting and disliking), but rather the emphasis is to focus on the love of God. As God’s love cannot be seen, neither can God be seen, but what can be seen are those whom God has called, those who are children of God.

I John 4:21 – And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Have you ever wondered: “How do I know if I really love God?” Well this is the test and the proof to that question. When we love believers as Jesus taught, then there is no question as to whether or not we love God, for when we love one another, we are Christ’s disciples and we indeed do love our God. God will always bless the believers who walk in the new commandment and love one another as Jesus Christ himself did.  Have a lovely day – God Bless!

Jesus Loves You!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 13:34:
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.

Romans 13:8:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

The New Commandment

A new commandment I {Jesus} give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another– John 13:34.  Here in the Gospel of John, Jesus had just given his disciples and Apostles a new commandment. This commandment was so new that they really did not fully comprehend it until after Christ Jesus was resurrected and ascended up into heaven and they began living within their new commandment. The new commandment was to live in love. This love was greater than any love known to man before Christ had shown them. Jesus then explains the benefits of living this new commandment of love. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another– John 13:35. When and where we apply this new commandment, Jesus had said that all men would know whose disciple we would be. Love is one of the greatest things that God in Christ has ever given to humanity. Walking in love not only will identify us as Christ’s disciples, but living today in love is the way that Jesus taught us how to walk with him.” ~LMJ~