A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:34 (KJV)
The new commandment to love follows us first receiving God’s love for us. It is only when our hearts are saturated by the love of Christ that we have the ability to love others in the way He loves us. Let us focus on the love of God in Christ Jesus, and we will find His love flowing out through us.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 John 4:7-9 (KJV)
Everything God has done for us through the finished works of Jesus is rooted in His perfect love for us. To know and experience the love of God, we look to Jesus and receive the fullness of what His grace has made available. In this we will find ourselves blessed and being a blessing.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)
In Christ we are holy and blameless before the Father in love, not because of our actions or performance, but as a result of having been made the sons and daughters of God. Now it is God’s love that compels us and enables us to live right. Chains are broken and darkness loses its grip over us, as guilt and condemnation are replaced with the goodness and mercy of God.
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8 (NKJV)
The key to loving is to first receive God’s love for us. The more that we receive His love, the more will we be able to reflect it into our world. May we resolve to live lives of radical love, and in so doing follow the example of the One who loved us first.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Psalm 116:7 (KJV)
Our soul is at rest when we are confident that God is handling everything that concerns us. We rest in our confidence that God has already made available what we need, and out of this assurance will we see His goodness showing up in our lives. God works when we are at a place of peace.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Romans 8:37 (KJV)
Receiving the unconditional love of God in Christ Jesus makes us more than conquerors no matter what may be coming against us. It is never our self-effort or performance, but receiving His love and mercy that sets us up for success and victory in absolutely every arena of life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
God has already given us the greatest gift we could ever receive in bringing forth His Son into the world. By simply placing our faith in Jesus, we are delivered from everything that leads to destruction, and we receive the free gift of everlasting life. This life that Jesus came to give includes wholeness, peace, joy, soundness, safety, and every need met in spirit, soul and body.
And the grace (unmerited favor and blessing) of our Lord [actually] flowed out superabundantly and beyond measure for me, accompanied by faith and love that are [to be realized] in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:14 (AMP)
When we receive a revelation of God’s grace as His unmerited favor and blessing being made available to us, our faith increases as a result as we come to recognize and embrace His love for us. Rather than performing to try to get God to bless us, we find ourselves resting in His love and in His finished works. And out from this place do we move ever more fully towards the manifestation of His promises.
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
1 John 3:23 (NKJV)
God’s commandment under the new covenant of grace is for us to simply believe on Jesus. Placing our faith in His finished work enables us to walk in love. We are equipped to love others to the degree that we receive His perfect love for us. The more we look to Jesus and less to ourselves, the more will we walk in everything He has made available to us!
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:5 (KJV)
The love of God has been deposited in our hearts through the Holy Spirit dwelling on the inside of us. This means that as born again believers we have been gifted with the ability to love even the unlovable, and to extend grace rather than condemnation. Yet in order for us to do so we must first fully receive into our hearts God’s love for us. When we realize just how much He loves us—even to the point of sending His Son to die on a cross for us—we cannot help but extend His love to others!