The Second Note
(25) Jesus said, ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (John 13.34–35)
Love is the distinguishing feature of all true disciples of Christ who wish to dedicate themselves to him as his servants.Love is the distinguishing feature of those who follow Christ. It can also be an aid to discernment. When faced with a decision, why not ask which outcome will help me love better? Obviously it will be irrelevant to some decisions (red wine or white? lamb or chicken?). Arguably those decisions are not important to God. God is love, so God’s concern will be with those decisions that affect our relationships with one another – the ones where the question which outcome is more conducive to love is only too relevant.