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INDEBTED LOVE: A DEBT WORTH OWING.

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Let us leave the mediocrity of “loving our neighbor as our self”, and veraciously hold fast to the command of Christ-“love one another as I have loved you”.

In John 13:34-35 Jesus introduced-what He called-a new command to love one another, as He has loved them- and by this love, the world would know His disciples. In the original Greek “new” is rendered as new(unseen), strange, fresh, and remarkable. The context of the command that Jesus speaks to-has to do with God’s law, which most notably, is known as; love God and love your neighbor as your self. (Deut. 6:5, Lev. 19:18, Mk. 12:30-32)

Jesus raised the bar on the greatest commandment-as He did with everything else. He nuanced it with more intimacy and sacrifice. With intimacy, He replaced “love your neighbor” with “love one another”, and He replaced “as yourself” with “as I have loved you” demonstrating ultimate sacrifice. Jesus states this again in John 15:12-17, but He speaks more intimately by calling his disciples friends. Jesus said, His friends are those who obey His command to love one another, and being His friend means, we increase in the knowledge of God-through the Son. Christ came to fulfill the law of God through a rescue mission of love. Paul capitalized on this precedence in Rom. 13:8 by exhorting the Roman church to be indebted to loving one another and nothing else. Paul said loving your neighbor is fulfilling the law-God's law, which again, is what Christ did-fulfill the law!

As the Author and Perfecter of our faith(Heb. 12:2), Jesus demonstrates perfect love- not in loving our selves, but loving others far more. The reality is, in loving our neighbors as our selves, we’re never fulfilling that-because “neighbor” will eventually frustrate the throne of self.

Let us leave the mediocrity of “loving our neighbor as our self”, and veraciously hold fast to the command of Christ-“love one another as I have loved you”.

"By the TRUTH of God's Word, broken people are RENEWED"

Author: Mike Van Dyke

Be blessed, walking in the knowledge of God, and His promises