"Love Each Other!"
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you—JOHN 15:12.
Jesus couldn’t have been clearer when He said to His disciples, “Love each other as I have loved you.”
I imagine Peter looking at overly cautious Thomas and wondering, “You mean love him, Lord?” Or John gazing at his zealous brother James, with all their years of sibling rivalry, and thinking, “I’ve been trying to love him for years. The best I can do is tolerate him!”
In case we forget our Lord’s message, He repeats it twice in John 15 (vv. 12 and 17): “Love each other.” It’s a command!
What person are you tolerating instead of loving? Is it because that person grates on your nerves? Instead of avoiding that person, Jesus commands you to love him or her. You’ll see that as you obey His command, He’ll use that person to grind off your sharp, impatient, un-Christlike edges.
Jesus said, “Love each other.” And then He said it again: “Love each other.”
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