Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” [Jn 15:12]

But what if you don’t like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an “OUCH.”  Beloved this is not rocket science…we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: “Teacherwe want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35] And how did the others respond to them when they heard this? Mark records that the other ten became angry.

Can you relate? I can. 

But, Jesus used that as a teaching opportunity, and we should learn from him. This was a time to teach them this principle: “whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all.” [Mark 10:44] Our servanthood should be marked by being willing to serve others just as Jesus served us. To be a follower of Jesus means we are known by this very character quality: loving one another.

The Apostle John got the message loud and clear. Nothing like the lesson learned at the feet of Jesus! It is as if he is joining us over coffee, and as we bumble our way through our confession, John lovingly reminds us that we must, it is not a well maybe I will think about it, but we MUST not only love one another; we MUST keep the commandments as well, because when we do, we are walking in the same manner as our Master did.

So as we draw near to the time of our “hanging out,” John says we should endeavor to do that so when He returns “we may have confidence and not shrink away from him in shame.” [1 John 2:28]

Did we get the OUCH? I hope we did.

Application Time: What will we do now? How will we love the unlovable online?

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About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled http://sonshinesjournal.com/ As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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