“When he [Judas] had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:31-35)
I heard something interest the morning that I sat down to writer on these verses. Someone was talking about the extent of God’s love; God went against the God-self, choosing love over God’s justice. And that made me think again of how God’s justice was meted out in the Old Testament.
Now, I am one of those people who cannot accept that God’s nature could change so much from the Old Testament to the New Testament. I believe that in the Old Testament the writers of the Old Testament chose to highlight God’s justice at all costs versus God’s love at all costs. But each person must search their own heart and follow the direction of thinking that God has presented to them through the Spirit.
Jesus loved us to his death. As much as we can, we should love in the same way. Do not quibble about whether Jesus’ way of love is the same as God’s. Jesus said often enough that he and God are theologically inseparable. So, set Jesus’ manner of loving against your manner of loving. And I hope and pray, beloved reader, that the differences are not great. Selah!