The Eleventh Commandment
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 2 John 1:6 NIV
Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, but Jesus added a new one–love one another (John 13:34). He summed up all the Old Testament with two commandments–love God and love people (see Matthew 22:37-40). In particular, the love believers have for one another would so mark them, that all people would know they are followers of Christ (John 13:35).
Love is more than emotion; it is emotion that moves us to action. God’s love moved Him to send His Son to die for our sin (Romans 5:18). Our love for God is demonstrated in our obedience to His commands (John 14:21).
- Love is the supreme character trait of a disciple of Christ. What is said in the following passages about love? — 1 Corinthians 13:13; Galatians 5:6; Colossians 3:14
- True love is demonstrated by our actions, not just our words. What do the following passages say about demonstrating our love? — John 15:13; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 3:16-18
Question to ponder: To whom does God want you to demonstrate His love today and how will you do it?
Passages for further reflection: John 15:12; 1 Peter 1:22