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Week 1 | Ash Wednesday

            The most common “one another” command in the New Testament is to love one another. This week, we will meditate on the ‘love one another’ teachings found in the Gospels.

34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. -John 15:1-17

  • What do you think is the significance of Jesus using the word ‘command’ to talk about loving one another? How does this highlight the importance of this principle?
  • Can you describe the love that Jesus showed towards us? How does this example teach us to love others in the same way?
  • How does our love demonstrate that we are Jesus’ disciples? What does this teach us about what it means to be Jesus’ disciple?
  • Can you explain the connection between the vine and abiding metaphors used by Jesus and the concept of loving one another? How do these images help illustrate the importance of loving relationships within the community of believers?
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