Sunday Sermon

A NEW COMMAND, LOVE ONE ANOTHER

 

May 19, 2019

Rocherty Church

Text:          John 13: 31-35

 

INTRODUCTION

Love for one another is how people will know that we are truly the disciples of Jesus...

 

I. DO WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF LOVE THAT IS?

IT IS A NEW KIND OF LOVE...

  

There had always been the love of family, friends, etc.

 

The OT taught to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

But Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.” This is not simply a command to love one another but a command to love one another in a special way -- Jesus is calling us to new and higher standard of love!

 

IT IS A SACRIFICIAL LOVE...

  

What kind of love does Jesus command? “as I have love you, that you also love another”

 It is a love patterned after Jesus' love for us -- This is what makes it a new and higher standard of love!

 

The love Jesus had for us can be summarized in one word: sacrificial as Jesus explained in Jn 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.” As Paul commanded in Ep 5:1-2, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

 

It was this kind of love manifested by the first disciples of Jesus the church in Jerusalem - Ac 2:44-45, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.”

 

IT IS A VISIBLE LOVE...

 

By such love Jesus declared “all will know that you are My disciples.” The implication is that such love will be visible and observable and visible by ALL, not just by our brothers & sisters!

 

To be a visible love, requires a love...that goes beyond the four walls of the church building that extends beyond the few hours we are assembled together that can be observed by those of the world and in the world -- In some way, the world needs to have the opportunity to observe the disciples in action, in which their love that is patterned after Jesus' love can be seen.

 

If we wish to manifest this kind of love in our lives, where do we begin?  Consider...

 

II. HOW DO WE DEVELOP THAT KIND OF LOVE?

WE ARE TAUGHT BY GOD...

 

The Thessalonians excelled in this love - for they had been “taught by God to love one another.”

 

Certainly, God's own love for us teaches us how to love -- think of the Father's own sacrificial love for us, in sending His Son to be the propitiation for our sins!

 

WE LEARN FROM JESUS...

 

Jesus' own example of sacrifice teaches the true meaning of love - 1Jn 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

 

The more we contemplate upon the example of Jesus' life and death, the more likely we will love like He did!

 

WE ARE TO BE STIRRED UP BY OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS...

 

We are to stir one another to love and good works - He 10:24

 

An important means of doing this is by frequent assembling - He 10:25 -- Perhaps one reason why some don't love as they should, is because they don't assemble like they should!

 

Finally, a thought or two about...

 

III. HOW DO WE DEMONSTRATE THIS LOVE?

IN OUR ASSEMBLY...

 

When we are assembled and have guests, we have an opportunity to demonstrate our love for another.

 

What do our guests see?  Do they see Christians who...Are glad to see one another? Are willing to take the time to visit with each other? Even know each other's name? -- Our assemblies may be the only time some guests have the opportunity to see Christians, interact.

 

IN OUR COMMUNITY...

 

We often have the opportunity to be together in ways that others can see...perhaps we work with other Christians or we have neighbors that are Christians or we gather to visit, or do things together.

 

What do those in the world see?  Do they see an interaction that...reveals a strong love and appreciation for one another? Shows a sincere interest in each other's well-being?

 

CONCLUSION

 

How is your love for your brother or sister in Christ? Is it Christ-like, i.e., a sacrificial love? Is it observable, i.e., do people see your brotherly or sisterly love in our assemblies and community?

 

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as

I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men

will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one

another.” (Jn 13:35)