July 22, 2016

John 13:31-38

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (13:34-35).

Jesus came and set the example for us of how to love. The only way we can truly love like Jesus loved is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew he would soon be leaving the disciples and their work would just be beginning. He knew he would leave the Holy Spirit to guide their steps as they went forward to bring his message to the world. The message would only be received through love. This is still our commandment today—to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us toward those who need Christ and to help them know him through love. Are you an agent of love to other believers as well as to unbelievers? 

Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your example of loving people and that you have given me the ability to love as you love. Amen