AN OLD COMMANDMENT

“Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning.”     1 John 2:7 NKJV

 

I think that we all chuckle at the Peanuts cartoon strip because so often we see the truth about ourselves there. That is especially so when Linus protests, “I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand”! Love in the abstract is a cinch. It’s loving those irritating people that we rub shoulders with that is not easy. John has given us a test by which we can know that we truly know Jesus Christ, namely, if we walk in obedience to His word. John goes on to apply this test of obedience more specifically to the area of love. If Jesus’ life, and especially His death, epitomized love, then those who claim to follow Him are obligated to live in love. In the Upper Room, on the night He was betrayed, Jesus demonstrated His great love for the disciples by taking a towel and a basin of water and washing the disciples’ feet. Jesus was not instituting a ceremonial foot-washing service where everyone comes with clean feet to be washed! He was saying something which is far more difficult to practice, that we, who follow Jesus, must set aside our own rights to serve one another in love. Obviously, those words of Jesus were behind John’s words about the old commandment. It may be that the heretics against whom John was writing claimed to have some “new” truths. Using an obvious play on words, John counters them by saying that we don’t need new truths, but rather the old truth that his readers learned early in their Christian experience. If we want “new” truth, John says that the old commandment is the new commandment, which Jesus gave to us.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, may I never forget the truth of servanthood.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, as we have committed ourselves to follow You, by the life changing work of Your Holy Spirit in our lives, lead us to set aside our rights and serve one another out of love. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Timothy 3

 

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