《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (Joh 13:34)
Meditation one: What is the “new command” given to Christians by Jesus the Lord? He asks us to love one another! Why is it a “new” command? For Jesus does not ask us to love others according to our love, but to love others in accordance with the love He loves us. His selflessness, His sacrifice, His forgiveness, and His magnanimity are the benchmark of how we should love others. When Jesus called it “new” means He wants us to love our enemies, and even to bless them, which has gone beyond the Old Testaments’ teaching of loving your neighbors.
Meditation two: What is the purpose of the Lord Jesus commanding Christians to love one another? It not only makes us to learn to obey the Lord, but is also a testimony to the world that we are disciples of Christ. Is it easy to love one another in your marriage, family, fellowship, and Church? It is not easy! But “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” (Php 4:13).
Prayer: God our heavenly Father, thank You for your great love. Teach me how to grow up in Your love, and to fulfill our responsibilities of loving one another in the church – beyond the boundaries of denominations, races, nationalities, the languages. I want to love, because You first love me. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
Intercession: Pray for the Christian testimony and churches’ mission during the epidemic. Christians not only live out faith, hope, and love, but also actively proclaim the gospel of Christ. Also pray for the church to make good use of network ministry to achieve tending, teaching and caring during this epidemic period, so that the church can become the light of Christ in the world.