A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

— John 13:34–35

Not too long ago, I wrote a post surmising that, as Christians, we don’t pray for our non Christian friends because we simply don’t care. While it’s certainly something to work towards by God’s grace, let’s start a little easier and close to home: Do we love our Christian brethren?

Ever stopped and thought about why you care about your brethren? Beyond the Sunday School answer of “because Jesus told us to,” we usually do because we enjoy each other’s company, because we mutually benefit / derive a sense of satisfaction, and so on.

But what does Jesus say about why we should love each other? Because He did first, in the most spectacular manner.

We would do well by studying the greatest love that ever existed and still exists: Jesus Christ crucified for our sins. Overflowing with joy, we may then unconditionally love others as we have been loved first.

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