Love One Another
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 13:1–13:5, John 13:12–13:15, John 13:34–13:35, Leviticus 19:18, 1 John 4:19–4:21, John 13:34, 1 John 3:16–3:18
Love One Another
"One Another: Doing Church Better" is our summer message series exploring some of the "One Another" statements in the Bible.
The "ONE ANOTHERS"
Did you know that you can find 47 “one another” commands in the New Testament ? These 50 “one another” commands give us specifics on how God wants us to handle our relationships with other people - especially with other believers in Christ. The 50 “one anothers” give us specific ways to live out Jesus‘ ONE command to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
John 13:1-5 NIV
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:12-15 NIV
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
LOVE IS THE TELLTALE SIGN
Jesus says in verse 34, “A new command” I give you.”
Leviticus 19:18 NIV
18 “ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
1 John 4:19-21 NIV
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
John 13:34 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
LOVE HAS ONLY ONE YARDSTICK
How did Jesus love us? Unselfishly and sacrificially, Jesus did all that was needed to give us the opportunity to know God and live for Him. When we love others as He has loved us, we do the same. Unselfishly and sacrificially, we do all that is needed to give another person the opportunity to know God and live for Him.
1 John 3:16-18 NIV
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
LOVE IS OUR MOST POWERFUL WITNESS
Our love for one another is our most powerful witness to our community. Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
ALL the “one anothers” of the New Testament give us specific ways to live out Jesus‘ ONE command to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
1. Make it practical.
2. Start at home.
3. Trust His strength.
4. Watch Him work!