Brotherly Love Leads to Prayer

John 13:31, 34-35~ “So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of man is glorified, and God is glorified to Him. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.‘”
 
In order to get the full impact of these scriptures, we need to look back to see what had just taken place. Jesus had just finished the Lord’s Supper with his disciples, and having washed their feet, Jesus said to them, in verse 14-15, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as i have done to you.” Jesus also told them that one of them would betray Him. In verse 21, Jesus says, “He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.” Then in verse 21, “When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.'” After this very emotional and sad time in which He announces His betrayal Jesus gives this new commandment to love one another. It is new because it presents a new standard, the love of Jesus.
 
That Christ would command us to love indicates that love is not just a feeling or a preference; it is what one does and how he relates to others, a decision, a commitment, or a way of behaving. Jesus states that the world will know that we are His disciples if we behave lovingly toward one another. He commands that we should love one another as He has loved us.
 
1 John 4:20, 21 ~ “If someone say’s ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has see, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we  have from Him that he who loves God must love his brother also.
 
Love for God must express itself in love for fellow believers. The perfect love that cast out fear sweeps away hate. Paul writes to the Thessalonian Church (4:9) “But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.”
 
Hebrews 13:1 ~ “Let brotherly love continue.
 
Love is an outward sign of growth in the Lord.
 
 
Bro. George Masters

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