Q. Please explain the command found in John 15:17.
9 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10* “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11* “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12* “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13* “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 “You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15* “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16* “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 “This I command you, that you love one another.
34* “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35* “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 Pet. 1:22-23
22* Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23* for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. Heb. 13:1 1* Let love of the brethren continue.
31* Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32* Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
1 Cor. 13:1-8
1* If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2* If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3* And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4* Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5* does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6* does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7* bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8* Love never fails;
Let’s notice these things about love:
1) It is proof of our discipleship – John 15:12 2) It is commanded – John 15:12 3) It is the fulfillment of the law – Romans 13:8-10 4) It is the second greatest commandment – Matthew 22:37-40 5) It is an indicator of true Christianity – 1 John 3:10 6) Those born of God practice it – 1 John 4:7-8 7) To dwell in God’s love we must love one another – 1 John 4:12 8) We are to love one another as we love ourselves – Matt. 22:39 9) We are to love one another fervently – 1 Pet. 1:22; 4:8
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