Loving one another. (John 13:34)

"​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" - John 13:34

This morning I read this and was thinking about the context. This is immediately after Jesus predicts His betrayal at the hand of one of those he is speaking to. This means that in order to love one another as Jesus loved his disciples (and loves us for that matter) we are to love even those who will betray us. And even those who have betrayed us. Jesus knew he would be betrayed. But he loved Judas anyhoo.

That makes this just more difficult. We should stand out as the following verse says, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

That means the fat kid in your youth group. The girl in church who sings at the top of her lungs way off key. Tambourine lady. And worst of all, the guy you just don't like because he's weird and a close talker.