Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. Leviticus 19:18; John 13:34.
NOTE: Here is the truth, the command “that you love one another” was nothing new as at New Testament times. The Old Testament used similar words “love your neighbor as yourself.” Of course, this was an ancient commandment, even at the time of Jesus CHRIST.
In CHRIST’s new command, the significant words are “as I have loved you.” Yes, In CHRIST’s command to love “as I have loved you” is truly the major touch in “new commandment.” This depth of love takes the Christian to a whole new way of expressing love for others. The love that CHRIST had and continues to have for HIS followers is infinitely more profound than the love expressed in “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Sincerely, When Christians express love toward others, it should not be “just as we love ourselves”, but “as CHRIST loves us”.
Imagine Jesus CHRIST, putting into practice HIS “as I have loved you” kind of love, HE willingly paid the price for our sins. As HE explained, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for His friends” (Study John 15:13). Remember, The great cost of our sin was HIS suffering, torture and horrific death. That is the self-sacrificial love HE showed for all mankind. Without that love, we would have no hope and no opportunity to live forever. Ahh! In love for us HE suffered and died so that we could, like HIM, be resurrected and live for all eternity. From today, Love genuinely like Jesus CHRIST. Peace be unto You!