As I have loved You
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Without knowing how Jesus has loved us, we shall find the task of loving one another most impossible. Only when we are empowered by the divine knowledge of His love for us and then subsequently abide in that love are we able to truly love our neighbor as ourselves. Only then are we able to lay down our lives for each other. And only then are we able to live for others and not for ourselves.
Seeing this, we must find out how Christ loved us. What did he do? What did he say? How did He love?
Earlier Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” Jesus loved us by acting out how He saw the Father love Him. So here we ask the question, How did God love His Son?
Examine the scriptures and see for yourselves. Weren’t they one? Wasn’t God constantly affirming and encouraging Christ. Wasn’t He constantly supplying power? Wasn’t He consistently enabling Jesus to grow if favor?
What do you find? How can you apply it to your loving of others?