"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another," (John 13:34, 35).
* Similar to previous passages considered, the pivotal point here is found in the little phrase, 'even as.' We stand instantly convicted of failure when we focus on the command that, as Jesus loves us, so we are to love one another. Yet, when that actually happens, an otherwise cynical world recognizes that we are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
* There are few more basic and yet challenging verses in all of Scripture than these. For, to love one another is one thing, but to be as sacrificially committed to each other as the Lord Jesus is to us (!).... that's a goal to challenge even the most committed of Christians. Yet, that is exactly what it will take for a cynical and skeptical world to recognize our Lord's love.