Actively Love One Another

John 13:34   A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Jesus gave us a command.  The SON of the Most High GOD, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, commanded us to Love.  STOP right now and think about this command…

How are we to Love?  We are to Love as Jesus LOVED us.  His Love is the standard by which we are to Love, not man’s examples.  Jesus laid down His life for His brethren, AND us.  We are to judge our own fruit by how we Love each other and compare our fruit to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Are you willing to lay down your life for others or are you always seeking ways to extract something from them?  Do you find yourself asking the question “What do they have that I need?”  Instead, you should be asking the question “What can I do to bless them?”

None of us are at the same level of revelation.  If you decide to wait until the other person has taken the first step, you might be waiting a long time.  Your love is conditional in that case.  Jesus did not wait for mankind to take the first step but He became our example of unconditional Love.  He expressed Love before we had the ability to Love.  He planted the seed of unconditional Love so that it would grow, produce good fruit, and encompass the world.  Love is the only solution to all the world’s problems.

Do you see anyone operating in this commandment?  Do you have a current example to look at?  Why don’t you become the example for others to consider as an expression of this Commandment?  When should you start?  Now.  Who is your role model?  Jesus.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

Don’t compete.  Competition is selfish ambition to exalt yourself above others.  Value others above yourself and show them respect.  Value their words and keep quiet while they are expressing themselves.  How many of us are busy thinking of the next thing to say while the other person is still communicating their thoughts.  I have been guilty of this.  I must make my mind submit to Love rather than letting it take control.  Your mind should be a servant to you, not the opposite.

2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

You must decide to be interested in what the other person is interested in.  What is your priority?  Do you have the same priority as Jesus?

2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Have you emptied yourself?  Have you taken on the form of a bond-servant?  Jesus did not demand to be exalted as the Son of GOD but He came to serve mankind.  He deserved the glory due to the manifested presence of Our Heavenly Father but He did not demand it but instead He emptied Himself for us.  Which path are you going to take?

2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

As we commit to walk in Love with Jesus as our example, change will occur both in yourself and others around you.  We must not wait for someone else to initiate this walk, we must.  The time is now!

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