“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 NIV

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Love One Another

New France became a royal colony under the direct control of Louis XIV, an astute and determined twenty-five-year-old who would soon earn himself the title “Sun King.” The young monarch could see that if young men were to be induced to stay in New France, they needed wives, and if young women were to be enticed to the colony, it needed to be more substantially defended. His response was twofold: a massive recruitment of young women for New France, and a substantial reinforcement of the beleaguered colonial militia.

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Those of us who have experienced the amazing love of God the moment we put our faith in Jesus Christ, understand what it means to be forgiven, redeemed and set free from the guilt and shame of sin. The Bible is very clear that we then are called to offer that same grace to others. Jesus teaches this in John 13:34-35: “’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.’” Jesus gives this command prior to His sacrificial death on the cross. They had already experienced His love in so many ways – he had taught them, healed them, forgiven them, called them. He knew that the day would come when they would fully experience His love. So, He teaches them, and us, that we must love others in the same way He loved us – but being willing to lay our lives down for others. There is a cost to loving like this – of time, energy and resources. But we don’t have a choice, fellow followers of Jesus.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley