Day 1 Read: John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Reflect: Who is our “one another”? How do our love for God and our love for one another go hand in hand? Read Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 22:34-40. What was new about the commandment to “love one another,” which He gave in John 13?
Consider: Love extended leads to discipleship and denial and perhaps even to death. But the sacrifice itself should not be the focus for the disciples, but the motive behind it. These verses lay a strong groundwork for John’s three epistles. This is a new commandment and a new object. Not just “love God” or “love me,” but love one another.
Respond: What did Jesus mean when He said for the disciples to love one another in the same way He loved them? Look at John 13:1-17. What characterized the love Jesus had for His disciples in this scene? Similarly, what characterized the love Jesus showed us in going to the cross?
1 Kenneth O. Gangel, John, vol. 4, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 25