“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - John 13:34-35
A phrase I catch myself saying a lot is, "UGH, I hate people." Between getting cut off in traffic, the constant stream of highly controversial posts in my Facebook feed, and just encountering rude people day to day, it slips out more than it should.
In this section of scripture, we're commanded to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. No ifs, ands or buts. No conditions. Just love! And that's an incredibly difficult charge. People will hurt us, challenge us, disagree with us, and ignore us. Even still, we need to love them. God loves us even when we challenge Him, ignore Him, and sin constantly. And He wants us to follow suit.
Whether or not you feel they deserve it: LOVE ONE ANOTHER!
In the second verse of this passage, Jesus says that our love is what should set us apart as His followers. Do people see the love of God when they look at you? Or do you need to reevaluate how you love?