I want to discuss something that is often discussed – love. For starters, I’ll ask something that is seldom asked: What immediately comes to mind when others think of you? Is it a hobby, trade or sport? Perhaps you’re notorious for your political views. Or maybe it’s a keen sense of humor that stands out most. If you’re a musician or an artist, you may be known best for your talent. Obviously, we all have a recognizable “special something” programmed into our DNA. But the quality we’re to be known for first and foremost is… Love! Jesus had this to say on the subject:

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

Jesus refers to the law of love as a “new commandment”. What’s so new about it? Wasn’t this charge engraved in stone centuries before The Word became flesh? Indeed, the mandate to love has been around since the beginning. Jesus, however, put a fresh perspective on it by pointing to Himself as the standard. Love one another as I have loved you.” He commands. This is the ultimate game-changer. Not only that, the bar for love is set incredibly high!

As impossible as it may seem, this is how we’re to be recognized. Yes, this is how we’re to be identified as disciples of Jesus – not by our love, but by His! His heavenly love is to be the trademark of every Christian. The problem is, we’re all flawed human beings. Even our understanding of love is flawed. It’s true. We can neither duplicate nor replicate the perfect love of Christ. So, what’s a person to do? The answer is Jesus!

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4

Loving like Jesus requires abiding in Jesus. His love cannot be manufactured through human effort. He is the producer. We are merely distributors. Unless we tap into the source of love, we’ll remain in short supply. It works the other way as well. The more we abide in Jesus, the more love we have to offer.

“He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Without Jesus we can’t love like Jesus. In order to fulfill the new commandment, abiding in Him is an absolute essential. Learn from the light bulb. It doesn’t produce light when stacked on the shelf at Home Depot. It distributes light when connected to a power source. The same is true for us. We need a power source. The good news is, we have one at our immediate disposal. His name is Jesus!

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