THE FOUNDATIONAL PREMISE

“This is My commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

Jesus’ use of the singular “commandment,” after referencing the plural “commandments” in verse 10, should be noted. A hallmark characteristic of true discipleship is the desire to follow his teachings; knowing these provide, not only the guidelines and parameters necessary to living a life pleasing to him, but also the kind of life that gives credibility to the testimony of our faith. In living them out, and holding them forth before an unbelieving world, all commandments must emerge from a loving faith, not a hateful religion. This is the supreme commandment.

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