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The New Commandment

Believers living under the New Testament have one
commandment, which is to love as Jesus loved.

By keeping this one commandment we fulfill all other
commandments given to stop sin.

JOHN 15:12 NKJ
12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another as
I have loved you."

JOHN 13:34 NKJ
34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one
another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

1 JOHN 3:23 NKJ
23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on
the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as
He gave us commandment.

One command summarizes God's will -- yet there are many
aspects or outworkings of it.

Divine Love A Sign Of Divine Life

1 JOHN 3:10,14-15 NKJ
10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil
are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is
not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because
we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother
abides in death.
15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know
that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Natural, unregenerate humans do not have the ability to
love as Jesus loved. We must have God's life in us to
manifest God's love through us.

ROMANS 5:5 NKJ
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God
has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who
was given to us.

1 JOHN 4:7-8 NKJ
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is
love.

JOHN 13:35 NKJ
35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you
have love for one another."

Love Fulfills The Law

GALATIANS 5:14 NKJ
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this:
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

ROMANS 13:9-10 NKJ
9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery,"
"You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall
not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is
any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying,
namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the
fulfillment of the law.

How Love Acts

The opposite of walking in divine love is not only walking
    in hate -- but walking in selfishness.

1 JOHN 3:16-18 NKJ
16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for
us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the
brethren.
17 But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother
in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love
of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue,
but in deed and in truth.

EPHESIANS 4:31-5:2 NKJ
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking
be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.
1 Therefore be followers of God as dear children.
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given
Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a
sweet-smelling aroma.

Love is the nature of God. He desires for us to be like He is.

Love Should Control Us

2 CORINTHIANS 5:14 NKJ
14 For the love of Christ constrains us, because we judge
thus: that if One died for all, then all died;

1 CORINTHIANS 14:1 NKJ
1 Pursue love . . . .

1 JOHN 5:3 NKJ
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His
commandments. And His commandments are not
burdensome.

2 JOHN 1:6 NKJ
6 This is love, that we walk according to His
commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have
heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

Without Love You Are Nothing

1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-3 NKJ
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but
have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a
clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all
mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so
that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am
nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and
though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it
profits me nothing.

Love Explained

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 NKJ
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love
does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not
provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things.

Love Produces Victory

1 CORINTHIANS 13:8 NKJ
8 Love never fails . . . .

1 JOHN 2:10-11 NKJ
10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is
no cause for stumbling in him.
11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in
darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the
darkness has blinded his eyes.

GALATIANS 5:6 NKJ
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor
uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through
love.

Conclusion

1 JOHN 4:19-21 NKJ
19 We love Him because He first loved us.
21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who
loves God must love his brother also.

Love Sonnet

Love is not all: It is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain,
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
and rise and sink and rise and sink again.
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
pinned down by need and moaning for release
or nagged by want past resolutions power,
I might be driven to sell you love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It may well be.  I do not think I would.

- EsVM