John 15:9-17 NLT
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
This is my command: Love each other.
Reflection . . .
Jesus commands us to “Love each other”.
What exactly does that mean, love each other?
Here, Jesus says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” And, who are our friends in this sense, our neighbours! Anyone who we come across! We are to love everyone! Why? Because He first loved us and His love is so great we will never be able to fully comprehend it. When we pause to think on how great His love is, it will help us understand our need to love others.