34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. – John 13:34 NKJV
A new commandment? Isn’t the whole Bible, particularly the New Testament about loving one another? What did Jesus mean by “a new commandment I give to you”? If we put this verse in context we find that he spoke this to the remaining 11 disciples after Judas had gone out into the night. What had happened just before that? Jesus had taken a towel and a basin of water and washed all 12 of the disciples’ feet. This included Judas whom Jesus knew was about to go out and betray Him. So, the “new” part of the commandment was that we should love , not just our Christian brothers and sisters but also our enemies even those that will betray us. Loving those who love us is easy but what about those that intentionally hurt us? Can we extend our love to them and invite them into the Kingdom? Jesus says not only that we can but that we must.
”An excerpt from a sermon by Rev Bill Frank Wilson, Corinth Church 05-24-2020