John 13:34 (NLT)
34 “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”
Matthew 19:17-19 (NLT)
17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Is there much doubt about how we’re to live?
Look again. You should love. Each other. All of the each others. Everyone you know and don’t know. Everyone you agree with 100%, everyone you disagree with 100%. Those who love you with all their heart, mind, and soul, and those who hate you with all their heart, mind, and soul. Love each other. Every other.
Just as I have loved you. We know who Christ loved – everyone, even the “unlovable”, the outcasts, the (in todays vernacular) marginalized. Especially the “unlovable”, the outcasts, the marginalized.
Just as I have loved you. There is so much depth and meaning to those words when you understand the chasm between God’s love and ours, between his goodness and ours, between his wisdom and ours, between his plan and ours.
Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)
28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
Love each other. It’s how we’re taught to live. Just as I have loved you.