Jesus tells His disciples that He gives them a new commandment. Up until this point, is love not expected? Are we to gather no motivation exists for loving others who are not best friends or family? Essentially, Jesus says this is true. He says: love each other because henceforth you belong to the same family — the family of God. You are My friends and as such are friends of each other. Treat one another with love just as I love you.
“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.”
So, what makes this commandment new? Jesus, of course. His presence makes His commandment to love one another not like the old commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Christians are to love one another as Jesus loves us — in the same manner: unconditionally.
“By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus’ new commandment to love reaches above the ‘golden rule’ to a level previously unknown in the world. The Spirit of the Living God enables Christians to love others in ways beyond their own power. And this love for each other demonstrates to the world that we belong to God.