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  • Becky Carriker

Sunday, 5/5/2024


The “New” Commandment

Matthew 22:37–40 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

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.”

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”. 

John 15:14 “You are my friends if you do what I command you”. 

Jesus isn’t saying that by keeping his commands you receive salvation. He’s saying that if you have received his salvation, you will keep his commands! Live it out! 

Lev. 19:17-18 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord”. 

The “newness” of the command to love is the “way” in which we are to love that is different due to the coming of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus loves his own by spending time with them. 

Mark 2:13-14 “And he appointed twelve (who he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons”. 

Jesus loves his own by patiently bearing with their struggles and stumbles and stupid responses. 

Luke 9:48 “For he who is least among you all is the one who is great”.

Luke 9:54 “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”. 

Matt. 20:27 “whoever would be first among you must be your slave”.

John 13:1-2 – “having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” 

Jesus loves his own by teaching them the truth. 

Jesus always spoke and acted with the best interests of his people in mind. 

John 3:3 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”. 

John 3:18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God”. 

John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life [now that sounds very loving; but Jesus doesn’t stop there; he goes on to say]; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him”. 

John 8:24b “Unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins”. 

John 8:42, 44 “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. . . You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires”. 

Jesus loved them by praying for them consistently. 

John 17:9 “I am praying for them, I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.” 

Jesus loved them by making known the Father to them. 

John 17:26 “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” 

The preeminent expression of Jesus’ love for them and for us is seen in his sacrificial death in our place, to bear the judgment of our sin in order that we might have eternal life. 

1 John 2:7-8 “Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining”. 

It is one thing to love your neighbor “as you love yourself.” It is another thing to love your neighbor “as Christ loves you!” 

1 John 2:8 “because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining”. 

2 Cor. 4:6 ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. 

Jesus said that by loving our Christian brothers and sisters we show to the world that we are truly his followers, his disciples. 

1 John 2:9-11 “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes”. 

The one who truly knows God and truly is in the light will obey God's commands and love his brothers and sisters. 

2 Cor. 4:4 “the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”.   


1 John 3:14-15. “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him”. 

Eternal life is manifested not in love for mankind in general but in love for Christians in particular. 

1John 3:16-18. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” .          


1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love”. 

Love is as much a sign of the new birth as is righteousness” .    


1 John 3:23 “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us”. 

1 John 4:9-11). “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.            


1 John 4:12 “No one has seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us”. 

We love by forgiving each other as Christ forgave us. 

We love by serving one another in humility as Christ served his disciples by washing their feet. 

We love by generously giving to those in need from our financial and physical resources. 

We love by patiently bearing with one another when mistakes and immaturity are manifest. 

We love by deferring to one another in humility and seeking their best interests above our own. 

We love by speaking the truth in love, not by compromising simply because we fear they might be offended. 

We love by refusing to isolate ourselves from others but by seeking relationships of love and affirmation and encouragement in community. 

We love by always being willing to suffer inconveniences and interruptions in our schedules if that is what is called for to serve and help and encourage others.


We love by not turning away from or scorning those who differ from us on secondary theological matters. 

We love by striving at all times to preserve the bond of the unity of the Spirit. 

We love by praying for one another. 

And above all else, we love by striving in God’s grace to enable others to enjoy Christ as their supreme treasure.

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