A New Commandment

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Leading in Love

You would think today is Valentine’s Day.
Its all about Love
I am making a practical choice in our message today.
The history of this section is fascinating
but when the choice is presented to give you knowledge or
wisdom i am going to chose wisdom.
Knowledge that you can apply is a definition of walking in wisdom
The Lord tells us to be wise in the Lord so lets go......
We are in John chapter 13. Jesus gives a command.
In fact it is called the
NEW Commandment
and it is all about LOVE
So we have FEW words to focus on this morning
We are going to look at Ch 13 verses 31-35
and the key verse we are going to focus on is
John 13:34 (ESV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:
just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
The Bible Exposition Commentary (Chapter Thirteen: The Sovereign Servant (John 13:1–35))
The word love is used only twelve times in John 1–12, but in John 13–21 it is used forty-four times!
It is a key word in Christ’s farewell sermon to His disciples
So we have FEW words to focus on this morning
The word new does not mean “new in time,”
because love has been important to God’s people even from Old Testament times (see Lev. 19:18).
It means “new in experience, fresh.”
It is the opposite of “worn out.”
Love would take on a new meaning and power because of the death of Christ on the cross (John 15:13).
With the coming of the Holy Spirit, love would have a new power in their lives.
This section begins and ends with love: Jesus’ love for His own (John 13:1)
and the disciples’ love for one another.
It is love that is the true evidence that we belong to Jesus Christ.
The church leader Tertullian (A.D. 155–220) quoted the pagans as saying of the Christians, “See how they love one another?”
And how do we evidence that love?
By doing what Jesus did: laying down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16).
And the way to start is by getting down and washing one another’s feet in sacrificial service.
Love in the New Commandment is not about a feeling
or a little card from Hallmark
it is about ACTION, Life Style, and living different.
It is about laying down our life
--- Doing our Life in Christ, rather than our selfish life in the world
It really can be as simply stated as that
Live for Christ alone, Live for Others, and Trust Christ to take care of you
boy oh boy does that sound great, but living it can be a challenge
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I hear the word command, I bristle
I was with a friend of mine couple weeks ago, and he said that our inner rebel comes out when somebody gives us a command
, you asked me to do some thing I’ll bend over backwards
. I’ll do anything that I need to that I can to help you but if you tell me to do something or tell me to help someone there’s this little bristle that goes up my spine
just like it and I think many of us feel that way ,
when we get a command, not even being in the military when I hear somebody tell me they’re a command sergeant major.
My first thought isn’t oh he probably serves hot chocolate and cookies. I want to serve him in his unit
Today is giving us a command from the heart of God
from the heart of Christ to love one another 
Was listening to a podcast
I believe it was a song that was performed in the 60=70s and it became pretty famous
and it went like this:
what the world needs now..[PAUSE]...is love, sweet love
Dionne Warwick in 1965 written by Burt Backorak
Is that still true today?
It’s kind of crazy
When we open to any news channel
we see the NEGATIVE
turn on the news you be lucky to get a soundbite on something positive
The stock markets up it’s down it’s not gonna grow your 401(k)
When i see news it is almost never something positive
Its our world today
Our world today needs love, sweet Love
and Jesus gave us the command to do it
Love on another.
Jesus isn’t saying that that love is feeling good
it is doing good daily to others
Love is doing __________DO love to one another greatest love to lay down your life for another. I want to stress that I do not believe that Jesus is solely talking about dying for somebody else
jumping in front of a bullet or giving up your life to save somebody
else even though I think that that is the absolute greatest love
It is the daily living of thinking of someone before your self
they gave up their life
their active life, their day-to-day daily life
They gave up there wants and desires
they gave up their SELF
their selfishness for other people
  They laid down their life. The truth of the matter is that we talk about it all the time with the being in Christ we need to live a life of Christ.
We need to model how many times in the last year, I’ve used the word model
when talking about Christ that that’s the Christian life that we need to live
, Jesus is simplifying this for us today
Love one another
The easiest way to show dynamic love is to love
when someone is not expecting it.
when somebody feels that they’re undeserving of that love and we show it anyway
somebody who broken and dirty
somebody who’s full of sin
someone who hurt you and you chose LOVE
_____________________________________________________ I want to read something to you this morning.
It’s actually known as the love chapter it’s a chapter 13
also but this one happens to be at first Corinthians ,
let me read it to you this morning as we open our time of study this morning
1 Corinthians 13:4–13 (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

God’s Commandment

So we have addressed the word love and the word NEW
so lets get after the third one — COMMANDMENT
The Great Commandment (Old Commandments):
The Old Commandments refer to the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai. These commandments were foundational for the Israelites and are found in the book of Exodus and Deuteronomy.
They include instructions such as not worshiping other gods, honoring parents, not stealing, not committing adultery, and keeping the Sabbath holy.
The Old Commandments emphasize moral and ethical behavior, as well as the worship of the one true God.
The Old Testament Jews believe generally in Good or Bad Obey the Rules is Good, not obeying is Bad --- there were consequences for both
They believed in Ps 49:15
Psalm 49:15 (ESV)
15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah
The New Commandment:
Jesus introduced the New Commandment during the Last Supper with his disciples, just before his crucifixion.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34).
Unlike the Ten Commandments, which focus on external actions, the New Commandment emphasizes love—not just any love,
but the self-sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated.
Jesus calls his followers to love as he loved—unconditionally, sacrificially, and without limits.
New Testament — God claims you when you believe in Christ, you are marked as His
We go to be with God upon our passing in to Paradise
Key Differences:
Source: The Old Commandments were given directly by God to Moses, while the New Commandment came directly from Jesus.
Focus: The Old Commandments emphasize obedience to rules and regulations, while the New Commandment centers on love for God and others.
Standard: The Old Commandments set a moral standard, but the New Commandment sets a relational standard—loving God and neighbor.
Scope: The Old Commandments were primarily for the Israelites, whereas the New Commandment extends to all believers, transcending cultural and ethnic boundaries.

Living Love

So Judas has left the table --- and Jesus tells the Disciples that
God must be Glorified
and gives them the new commandment
To Glorifiy God and Grow others in Christ Jesus
the most importand ingrediant
the most important SKILL is to LOVE OTHERS
THAT is how we Glorify and Grow them
Live for Christ alone, Live for Others, and Trust Christ to take care of you
Live for Christ Alone
Focus - work on identifying selfishness, or self protection
Time management
Live for Others
Seek to Serve
Give Grace
Forgive --- Let go Let GOD
You must get a focus that leads you to the THRONE OF GOD ALONE
Does every action you do filter through the question
Will i Glorify God in this action?
We all make errors and mistakes
but they must be exactly that errors and mistakes
not intentional actions of your will or your defiance
We must TRUST that CHRIST is God and all things are under HIS control
not ours
we must ........
Trust in Christ
Some things or even most things is not ALL THINGS
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (ESV)
16 Rejoice always,
We live in the NEW COVENANT
Jesus said to LOVE OTHERS
John 13:34–35 (ESV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:
just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
People make it complicated with rules, traditions and bias
Jesus made it simple
Love one another
Lets Pray
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