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The Last Great Commandment. What are we to make of it?

Updated on June 8, 2014

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This is what was said and we find no reason to disbelieve it was said.

This commandment is clear as a bell. What we do with it is our choice.

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Ok we get it. We are to love one another. This is the last commandment. If a legislature/law making body were to give us a last and final law, how would we treat it? If a monarch/king gave a last command how would we treat it?

Well one thing is for certain all previous rules and suggestions and laws and covenants must now be interpreted through this one last commandment. It is not an iffy proposition it is hard and fast and without exception.

Where do you sit or stand?

If I follow the last the rest will work out

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An old wooden cross to seal the deal.

If you follow the logic you see Christ died for hate. To make the new covenant a sealed deal, to abolish hate.
If you follow the logic you see Christ died for hate. To make the new covenant a sealed deal, to abolish hate. | Source

So now interpretation of the Bible has changed.

Prior to this covenant and commandment we could read the Bible and interpret it as to mean harm to others. We could interpret it to mean punishment and retributions and conditions. No longer are we allowed that option. We now must interpret it as how it can further this last commandment. Arguments cease and the battle as to understanding is over.

Love is our new pair of glasses. A direction so clear as to remove ambiguity and distress. If we still read our book as though to exclude or to condemn we fall short and do not know Jesus. If we place rules and liturgies above this commandment we faultier and must accept our weakness and repent from it.

If we speak in order to control or excerpt our position we fail.

And the man slammed his fist upon the table and declared "everything I do I do in Love".

And I walked away thinking how sad that was to have met a man who believes he is perfect. I am perfect in Love and not perfect when out of Love.

Let us reflect

Do you love enough?

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If this sounds like a sermon, guess what? It is!

This is the way we preach. We preach that we are not infallible. We teach and preach that preachers are just slightly gifted to relate some thoughts that will hopefully bring all a little closer to love.

I have a large plank in my eye. I am trying to get it out. Instead of me trying to remove that speck in yours. How about you help me first. I would be glad and rejoice in it. Perhaps if we work together in love we will both see our paths a little more clearly.

So I just started by asking, will you join me in correcting me or guiding me to a better road?

You cannot possibly be acting in love and whining!

Have you ever heard someone say and mean, I just love whiners?
Have you ever heard someone say and mean, I just love whiners? | Source

Something to think about.

If you are acting in such a manner as to cause another to not love you, have you just caused another to sin? It is a simple thought that I should not write on much. But perhaps we can cogitate on it much.

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      BobMonger 4 years ago from Carlin, Nevada USA

      An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth only makes for a lot of toothless blind people-and who wants that? New covenant gives us hope for the future in Christ's love. I don't know if I can guide or correct you, I'm barely able to see the way myself sometimes. I follow Him, you're welcome to come along.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is what I am talking about. I would love to cruise around with you. At the very least I could learn about you. And I am sure that would be worth it. Thanks BobMonger.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There seems to be a lot of people who have forgotten about this commandment. Beautiful message. My hope is that about one hundred million people read this and then start living by it.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Billy I do not expect you to read my ramblings of my religion. It touches me that you would lend an ear and then a comment. I am lifted by your contribution. Perhaps you are who we are talking about in love. Just perhaps I can one day strike

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      "But these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."

      Thank you for your heartfelt message!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just wish we could all get that great message and stop worrying about the rest. Thanks much good friend.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      It's so much easier to love than to hate; it takes less effort to smile than to frown and laughter is medicine for our bodies. Beautiful command our Lord gave us!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is really cool. No matter what we get to follow this command. So no matter how crappy things might seem, we are invited to do good. That is nice.

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      John Swoboda 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I think it's a great place to start. The next question seems to be: how do we show love to others? How do we communicate our love in ways that are acceptable to us and to those we are loving?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      JonnySwo, please excuse my tardiness in responding to your perfect comment. For some reason my wife does not want to hear "I love you more than once a day". But she is all smiles when I do something for her, she does not want to do, or cut and bring her a rose. My young son loves hugs, but would rather I play chase with him. My parishioners do not like lectures but they really like it when I share amazing stories of love. Thank you for your inspiration to these truths.

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      John Swoboda 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Yes, exactly! I think it's rather fun to think of the different ways to express love. All too often it's considered impolite and overly personal to express love to others, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Agreed.

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      mabelhenry 3 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Great sermon and hub.

      SOLDIER OF LOVE

      The solid foundation

      Laid by Jesus Christ,

      Is that a man would

      For his friends give his life,

      Love undefiled, fadeless and pure

      Nevertheless, unconditional and sure,

      A new command I give unto you

      The way I love you

      You love others, too,

      By this shall men know that

      You are my disciples indeed,

      By the love that is born

      Of incorruptible seed,

      I am a soldier of love in the army of life

      Avoiding controversies which do render strife,

      Loving others in spite of opinions, prejudice or feelings

      In a world caught up in material dealings,

      Love at times needs pain to give it birth

      Once born in the heart is a medicinal mirth,

      True in all of its endeavors to be

      Agape love has the power to set you completely free,

      I am a soldier of love in the war against hate

      It is the command of my King, it is the royal mandate.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Some one just Graced my hub with a beautiful prose. I am not sure what her name is but her initials and Mabel Elizabeth Henry and you should drop by and read her work http://hubpages.com/@mabelhenry

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      mabelhenry 3 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Praise the Lord, "Ericdierker" it was I who posted the prose and my name is Mabel Elizabeth Henry. I am pleased to make your hubacquaintance. I was hubbing earlier and came across your article, it is a crucial question for today. It seems the volume is up to the maximum and love is being drowned out. Your hub is a reminder that we are followers of Christ, and love is His royal command, that is why I shared the poem. Grace and peace.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ultreya

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