““I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.””. John 13:34-35 NET
• I suppose the opposite of this is true as well. If we don’t have love for each other and thereby don’t love one another the way Jesus loved us, everyone will know that we are not Jesus’ disciples! It’s so easy to get so wrapped up in our own lives and forget to love others but it is so important, for many reasons!
“Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? I tell you the solemn truth, the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times!”, John 13:36-38 NET
• I love how the Bible records real conversations and people’s reactions to things others say to them because it matches reality so well (meaning it makes it so obvious that the Bible is not a piece of fiction)—especially dealing with the nuisances of human interaction. For example, in the above dialogue, right after Jesus throws down the new and vitally important commandment to love one another, Peter asks Jesus about where He was going, almost as it Peter didn’t hear anything Jesus said after He said the following:
“Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, ‘Where I am going you cannot come,’ now I tell you the same.”, John 13:33 NET
• That is exactly how I (and others) respond when talking with someone. Something someone else says will strike us in such a way as to distract us from the rest of what they say.
• Also, we can see from this passage (and many others) that Jesus was not a conflict avoider. He could have not said anything about Peter’s future denials, but He went ahead and told him about them.