YET A NEW COMMAND

“Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.”        1 John 2:8 NIV

 

Our new relationship with Jesus Christ is central to practising biblical love towards others. John says that this old, new commandment “its truth is seen in Him and in you”. It is true in Him because in the history of the world the Lord Jesus is the greatest example of love. He left the splendour and perfect holiness of heaven, where He enjoyed unbroken fellowship with the Father. He came to this cruddy, sin-stained world, not as the conquering King, but as a lowly servant. He was obedient to death on the cross at the hands of sinful people that He could have obliterated if He had given the command. He did it all to save sinners who deserved His wrath. This new commandment is supremely true in Him. But John also says that it is true in us. If we ask, “How so?”, the answer is, “Because you are now in Him.” It is true in Him fundamentally and true in us derivatively because of our new relationship with Him. Paul often describes our new relationship as being “in Christ”. John uses the term, “abiding” in Him. The glorious truth of the New Testament is that we are joint heirs with Christ of all His riches (Romans 8:17; Ephesians 1:19-20; 2:6)! If we are lacking in love for a difficult person, pray, “Lord, You know that I am empty and unable to love this person. But I am in You and You do not lack love, even for the unlovely. Please love this person through me!” Understanding our new relationship with Jesus Christ is central to practising biblical love.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, thank You for giving us Your love with which to love others.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, You know that I am empty and unable to love this person. But I am in You and You do not lack love, even for the unlovely. Please love this person through me. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Timothy 4

 

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