The Hebrew Bible records the history of the ancient Israelites repeatedly neglecting the commandment to love God and others. How can we hope to do any better? Jesus helps us when he adds a new commandment to accompany the greatest commandment. His new command shows how his sacrificial love can empower his followers to love others.

Read: John 13:34, Mark 12:29-31, 1 John 4:9-11

Reflection and Discussion Questions:

Compare John 13:34 with Mark 12:29-31. What is the difference between these two commands? How does Jesus’ example show us what it looks like to follow the greatest command?

Review 1 John 4:9-11 carefully. According to this passage, why did Jesus give his life, and what should motivate our love for others?

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