Loving Person

A disciple is expected to demonstrate love, not only to those who already love him but to everyone with whom he lives life. Being a loving person is not a suggestion, but rather, it is a command Jesus himself commanded his disciples to do. He said:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”[1]

There is a reason for being a loving person. Jesus hid it not. He was intentional in letting know his disciples what was expected and required of them. The verb love here is in present active.[2] In other words, it is something that is expected to occur in the present, not in the future but in the now. A disciple loves people regardless of their conditions, social statuses, and genders. The reason for this is that people know that we are his followers.

People long to be loved. If we as Jesus’s followers can extend love to those who feel abandoned, to those who feel to be the least, unloved, and hurt by life, we will be “loving them into” the kingdom of God.


 

Footnotes

[1] The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Jn 13:34–35.

[2] Morphology Charts. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2014.