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NEW Commandment in John 13:34 -Is Showing Biblical Love

Updated on July 3, 2011

NEW COMMANDMENT? To love one another?

Power of 'agape' love
Power of 'agape' love

The Power of 'Agape' (Supreme) Love

The New Commandment to love one another!
The New Commandment to love one another!

A NEW COMMANDMENT

“A new commandment give I unto you that ye love one another, even as I have loved you” (John 13. 34).

Some things old are always new!  The way of love has always been, and it shall always be.  What should be new about a commandment to love one another? I reckon it was new then; it is new still!  That which should be known, seems to remain unknown.  Catholics hate protestants, and protestants return the disfavor; blacks hate whites and whites still burn crosses, if not literally then figuratively; Jews see Gentiles as ‘dogs’, Gentiles treat Jews as dogs.  There have always been wars and rumors of wars; we murder each other with new weapons and with vile hate filled tongues.  When shall we learn to love and not to hate? It seems easier and far better to see the good in one another than to search for the evil; to recognize our neighbor’s virtues than to shame his/her shortcomings.

Brotherly Love

Heb 13:1  Let brotherly love continue.
Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

Show Love To Your Neighbor

Mat 19:19  ...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 19:19 ...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Love likes to give

How can I show my love? First of all by my Liberality, “Love likes to give.”

2Co 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  (7)  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Is my liberality the measure of my love? Then let me judge it rightly and amplify it.

Look at what the Scriptures declare

  • ·         (Pro 11:25)  The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
  • ·         (Isa 32:5)  The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
  • ·         (Isa 32:8)  But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.


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I Pray To Show More Love

Php 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Php 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Prayer & Love

Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

My prayer:

Lord, expand my love, and make it flow out in many gifts.
Save me from ugly selfishness and a lifestyle of egotism.
Open my heart; and make it to open my purse.
Save me from the greed that does not weigh the need of others.
Let compassion and empathy become my travel mates.
Art not Thou the Giving God who gives to all men, and upbraids not? Make me like Thee, Lord, a giver, giving out continually, however limited my resources may be. Furthermore let my gifts be much more than of money:
Teach me to give gifts of loving words and kind thoughts.
Allow me to be sought out by those who need comfort and encouragement, and let me not feel robbed or taken advantage of when someone needs me.
Give me the heart of the Good Shepherd and the Mind of the Loving Christ. Today is the day of redemption; let me do it, and tell my neighbor the living truths about Thee, and Thy goodness, and greatness.
Grant me divine grace to do it in such loving terms and tones as to win him to Thee.

Love Will Win The Lost

1Co 13:4-8  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  (5)  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  (6)  Rejoiceth not in iniquity
1Co 13:4-8 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (5) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (6) Rejoiceth not in iniquity

I Remember the Saving Power of God's Love

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

My remembrances:

Love always woos and wins. It is the one thing that sweetens society and unites it into a Brotherhood. With what else shall win the world to Christ? What else shall convert the Heathen to Christianity? Our majestic rule has not done it;  Our trade has not won it; our continual propaganda has not persuaded it; we have failed on every hand; WE NEED SOMETHING NEW – A NEW COMMANDMENT!

“Love one another, even as I have loved you!”

Such are the old words that become new as we practice them! The secret of the new commandment is to put eternal truth of love into practice! Let us win the world to Christ by love; Let us win the lost by deeds of such sincere kindness that we convince them we love them for the Lord’s sake. Live out the power of love! Love alone has real power; love is penetrating and persuasive. It wins in every contest.  This is what the world wants and truly needs. Christ came to give it. “Love one another.”

Real Biblical Love Will Change The World

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      Isaiah Michael 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Pastor Walt,

      This is simply amazing awesome work! Praise God for His love. My wife and I are sold out to that love and try so much every day to show it to all we can. Man, if we could just truly ~~~ LOVE

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      Pastor_Walt 8 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      Thanks to chic and tony for the visit and comments!

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Pastor Walt - I am so pleased to have found this great Hub! I found it through the new "suggest links" function on HubPages and so have linked this Hub to mine on Maundy Thursday, the great feast of love for the world. Many thanks again!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      chicamom85 9 years ago

      Beautiful page , thank you for the inspiration. Thanks also for stopping by my page

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