A New Commandment

Jesus told his disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” At first we may be a little confused by Christ saying: “A new commandment I give unto you.” Is it a new commandment to love one another? The Lord tells us in Leviticus to “love our neighbor as thyself” (19:18). In reference to this passage Jesus teaches us in Matthew 22:39 that to love others as ourselves is the second greatest commandment. So, loving one another is not a New Testament doctrine. Why then does Jesus say, a new commandment I give unto you? It’s new because of the manner in which we are called upon to love one another. The old commandment was to love others “as thyself.” This manner of love appealed to our sense of self-interest, self-preservation and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It looked very inwardly to see how we might be able to show love unto others. What Jesus said that was new was to love “as I have loved you.” The love of Christ for us and the way he showed it goes further than anything anyone could ever do for us or that we could do for them. Christ sets the highest example or manner of love for us to follow! Love others like Christ has loved you!