John 13:34—“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
The Golden Rule seems hard enough. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That’s a difficult challenge. In fact, early in his ministry Jesus said it was like the greatest commandment, the one about loving God with all our being. But in John 13, late in his ministry, Jesus gives a new commandment in regard to love. No longer are his followers to love their neighbors as themselves. Now they have to love like Jesus did. To love like God does. That is, to love others more than you love yourself, to love them to your own hurt, even at the expense of your own life. Let us pray for ourselves and one another that we will more and more develop the maturity and skill to love in this way, to love like Jesus. It’s our calling.