Born To Love Like Him
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another
Back in the Old Testament, God gave the Israelites several commandments or laws, which He instructed them to obey as a condition for enjoying the blessings of the covenant He had with Abraham. However, in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ, before His crucifixion, said in 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.” He brought in a new commandment which effectively abolished the previous commandments of the Old Testament (Ephesians 2:15). This new commandment is that we should love one another as He has loved us.
After the Lord gave this commandment He proceeded to die on the cross for us, and God raised Him from the dead. He rose up from the dead with a new life, and God said to Him, “…Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” (Hebrews 5:5). He is thus the head of the new creation; we’re born of Him to love like Him. Ephesians 5:1-2 tells us to be imitators of God, and “…walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.”
We can emulate our heavenly Father to walk in love because His love is in us. Romans 5:5 says, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” God has put His love in your heart so you can love the same way He does, and so fulfil the new commandment to love one another.
The number one reason for sin, (which the Bible describes as the transgression of the Law in 1John 3:4), is selfishness; greed—the very opposite of love. When you love, you give “…for God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16). Love gives, and is considerate of others; but selfishness is only self-centred. That’s why the Bible says, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:8). Being born again, you’re born of love; you have the nature of love, therefore it’s natural for you to love others the way God loves you.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank you for your blessed Word and its power in my life. I take your Word into my heart to do it, to become all that you want me to be and do all you want me to do, all to the glory and praise of your name,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
John 15:12; Romans 13:10
1 Year Bible reading plan: Revelation 18; Zechariah 4-6
2 Year Bible reading plan: Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 7-8