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Jesus the Christ says: “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other” (John 13:34-35, MSG).

While we are very familiar with these verses, we often fail to do as our Lord, via His Word, has commanded us to do. Nevertheless, if we truly have the love of Christ in us, then there is NO WAY that any of us could ever think that, or behave like, we are BETTER or GREATER than any other disciple of the Lord, to the point that we refuse to humble ourselves by serving those individuals we believe we are BETTER or GREATER than (cf. Luke 22:24-30 and John 13:1-17). For sure, we never will be able to serve others authentically, if we do not have the authentic LOVE of God in us. Furthermore, we never will be able to treat, authentically, every man and woman as our brother and sister in Christ, if we do not have the authentic LOVE of God in us.

It, thus, is time for us to move beyond our lip service and truly begin to love and serve one another the same way that Jesus the Christ loved and served His disciples, for His life is the BEST and GREATEST example of how to fulfill His “new command.” His life shows us how authentic godly love and authentic service to others should look! Therefore, if any one of us ever hopes to be the best that we can be, and if any one of us ever hopes to develop the greatness that God has put in us, then we must get real, now! Our realness will be apparent when we show others the same authentic love of God that Christ, who is in us, has. Then too, we only can demonstrate this godly love by authentically serving others like Christ did, and He served others without displaying any feigned emotions, or any partiality, or any superiority!