Commanded to Love  by: Henry Blackaby- Discovering God's Daily Agenda

"Now I ask you, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment,
but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments.
This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning,
that you should walk in it." 2 John 5-6

God's commandment to love first appears in Leviticus. There we read, "You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord" (19:18). Not much about human nature has changed through the millennia: vengeance and grudges come easily, and we still have to be commanded to love.

Jesus-who died on the cross as evidence of God's great love for sinners-echoes this commandment to love: "As I have loved you, you also are to love one another" (John 13:34). Established eternally for every generation and culture on earth, God's commandments don't change. True devotion obeys these commandments, and his greatest commandment is to love. In fact, the most loving thing you can do for others is to obey everything God tells you to do about loving him with all you are and loving others as yourself. Ask the Lord how you need to love with Christ's love-and then do it.

Discovering God's Daily Agenda
pg. 210
Henry Blackaby