by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to another. John 13:35
Christian love : A new commandment appropriate for the advent of a new era. In the New Testament Jesus says the love of God is the highest law. The example given by the Lord during his earthly life reminds us of the way to love. Love which is like God, aims at liberating our neighbor and enabling him to fully develop his God-given gifts. Love according to the Lord helps him become what God wishes him to be, by passing through death to resurrection.
True love comes from God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Let us love one another for love comes from him. This is love : not that we loved God but that he first loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. God wishes us to render loving service and forgiveness to our neighbor unceasingly.
The church sums up his teaching on love : Love of God is shown through love of our neighbor, love of neighbor depends on love of God. Love of God is by keeping the commandments to show that we are his disciples by loving one another.
Jesus said, ” If you love me, you will keep my commandments. ” John 14:15. Whoever keeps my commandments is the one who loves me. If he loves me, he will also be loved by my Father; I too shall love him and show myself clearly to him. Thus Christ is in the Father and the Father in him establishing their dwelling within us.
We love others best when we love God most.