"Now is the Son of man glorified, and God glorified in him...... Little Children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, "Where I am going you can not come." 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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have loved one another." John13:31-35
This verse comes after John saw who was going to betray Jesus. When Judas left the room, Jesus knew that now, now is when he would be most glorified... Can you imagine how John must have felt? Knowing that Judas was going to betray Jesus.... Then Jesus tells His disciples that people knew they were His because they were with Him, but soon Jesus would no longer be here. He tells them to love. So simple, yet so hard. Love one another and that is how people will know Jesus.
I have been pondering this verse for sometime. What does it look like to love? I personally believe there is no one way to love the way Jesus has asked us too. When I first got married, someone said to me to pay attention to the way my hubby loves me, because it will look different then the way I love him. Neither way is wrong if the intentions are correct, but if we are so focused on loving the way we expect someone to love us then we are missing it and not only are we missing it, we are most likely fighting over it.
Our love for each other is suppose to bind the Church body to each other and to Him.
The Lord has been showing me these last couple of months that its not about imitating Him, but we get to participate with Him!. What a gift!!! We are part of the vine. He has grafted us in. Jesus, the light, broke forth into this dark world, WE get to be light bears and break into this dark world. Not imitating Him but participating WITH Him!! We are not copying the Light, we are IN the Light!. Praise be to God to send His Son to die, so that we may live! "Now is the Son of man glorified, and God glorified in Him."
...and just so we are clear... We can do NOTHING apart from Him.