Rev Dr Adrian Graffy is a member of the Vatican Commission that takes a lead in Bible scholarship, interpretation and promotion in the Catholic Church.
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Gospel Reflections Love one another as I have loved you. Other readings: Acts , , Psalm 97 98 1 John Recent Reflections. Follow Us.
Love one another as I have loved you
He reveals that Judas is the one who will betray Him. Then, He speaks these words:. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John By virtue of the fact that this would be, in part, His final words to the disciples, they had to be very important. And notice that what He said to them was in the form of a command, not a suggestion.
I am sure that everyone reading this letter has read or heard this passage many times. But in reality, most do not think that this is something they can actually do.
The answer is obviously no, so why is it so hard for us today to love other people? They are misrepresenting His love, and it is one of the main reasons that we as Christians are so judgmental and harsh toward other people. Consciously or not, we tend to treat people the way we believe God is treating us. We must understand that God does not love us because we are lovely. He does not love us because we read the Bible, go to church, pay our tithes, or do our best to keep the command to love others as He loved us. The truth is that He loves us without conditions.
I grew up in a Baptist church where all that was preached was the message of evangelism. They made me feel like I had to pay God back for saving me by leading others to Jesus. They had no one to lead to the Lord, no Sunday school class to teach, no one to pray for, and no physical need of any kind. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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The original purpose of all creation was to give God pleasure. Adam and Eve were created for fellowship with God. He wanted someone to love and for them to voluntarily love Him back.
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Jesus Christ - A new command I give you: Love one another
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. John Remain in my love. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
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