Did you know that Jesus commands us to love one another?
He doesn’t suggest that we love one another. He doesn’t say, “I think it would be good for you to love one another,” or “If you feel like loving one another, that’s your choice. I’m good with whatever you do!”
Jesus doesn’t say any of that.
He commands that we love one another.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV
The definition of command is “to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order:” (Dictionary.com)
In short, Jesus doesn’t want us just to tolerate one another, and we are ordered to love one another.
We All Must Love
It’s hard not to see what is going on around our country. The video of a murdered black man by the police in broad daylight is on everyone’s minds. It’s in our social media news feed, the tv and newspapers. Peaceful demonstrations have brought an awareness of the racism that still exists in this country. I am disgusted and angry that human life was taken away senselessly. I grieve for our country, and if things do not change now, our children and their children will be living in the same repeated pattern of hatred.
We need to change.
I need to change.
It’s time to stop judging. It’s time to love one another even if the person’s views and opinions are radically different than mine.
It’s time to stop looking solely at the color of a person’s skin and start seeing them as Jesus sees them – with love and compassion.
It is time to live the words that Christ is asking us to do, which is to simply:
LOVE ONE ANOTHER.