John 13:34-35 A NEW COMMAND I give you: LOVE ONE ANOTHER. As I have loved you, so you MUST love one another. By this ALL MEN will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
What a bold declaration! But wait a minute…this is Jesus. He is just telling his disciples something which looks too obvious for them to understand. JESUS, why the fuss? Don’t you know we love each other? If it weren’t so, we wouldn’t be here with you. Moreover, for three years, we have walked, watched and witnessed love at its FULLEST extend. You have shown us the way of love. Then, why are you giving us A NEW COMMAND…or rather A NEW, OLD COMMAND? The disciples seemed puzzled at Jesus.
You see, that is you. Whenever we hear the word LOVE in our Christian community or in our homes or families, we quickly assume that we love one another. You can’t tell me to love my husband or child, or parent when you already know that I LOVE them, can you? You may ask. But JESUS did just that with his disciples. If it wasn’t for love, perhaps they would have left Him a long time before. For them, it almost seemed strange that He was asking this of them, after all these time. Yet, in his entire earthly ministry, they had seen HIS LOVE, they had felt HIS LOVE, they had experienced HIS LOVE. Therefore, it wasn’t by accident that Jesus was giving them a NEW COMMAND. However, before this command had been given, JESUS HAD JUST WASHED THEIR FEET. In other words, for the first time JESUS had loved them differently then they had been used too. Of course, his love was constant, but this one time, it was expressed DIFFERENTLY. THIS WAS THEIR LOVE MAKEOVER.
Like the disciples in Jesus’ earthly time, we all need from time to time A LOVE MAKEOVER. While love may remain constant, there are several and numerous ways to express our love for each other. Jesus is calling you and I to have a LOVE MAKEOVER. Is your brother in need? Be the tool in God’s hand to make a LOVE MAKEOVER in their lives. And why the fuss? Because Jesus said, its only by loving your brother that all men can know that YOU ARE HIS DISCIPLES.
LOVE KEEPS THE HEARTBEAT STEADY, A LOVE MAKEOVER MAKES THE HEART LEAP.
You have a choice…to love and to love all over again. Blessings!!!