Love by Tom Dowell

John 13:34-35 (NIV) New International Version
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another, As I have loved  you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
 
Love is an indefinite thing to most of us; we don’t know what we mean when we talk about love. Love is the loftiest preference of one person for another, and spiritually Jesus demands that this sovereign preference be for Himself (see Luke 14:26). Initially, when “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5), it is easy to put Jesus first. But then we must practice the tinkgs mentioned in 2 Peter 1 to see them worked out in our lives.
 
The first thing God does is forcibly remove any insincerity, pride, and vanity form my life. And the Holy Spirit reveals to me that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying, “…. love one another as I have loved you.: (John 15:12)
 
Neither natural love nor God’s divine love will remain and grow in me unless it is nurtured. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained through discipline.
 
May we find a deeper way to love one another.