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 13:34-35
Jesus’s disciples really loved him. And they were probably learning to love each other, too. But they were not prepared for Jesus to show his love by washing their dirty feet—washing someone’s feet was degrading! That’s not how they expected an authority figure to show love.
And right afterward, Jesus said that just as he had loved them, they were to love each other, and their love for one another would be evidence to the world that they were his disciples.
Our love for each other in the church is a sign to people around us that we follow Jesus, too. But the love Jesus calls us to extend to each other is more than the natural affection we have for people we like—it is love that goes out of the way to serve each other.
What is one way you can show your love for someone at church? What is an act of service you can do for the church, above and beyond your normal participation? Come to Youth Group in January with some ideas for ways we can love one another well.