The Eleventh Commandment

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another.
In the same way I loved you, you love one another.”
(John 13:34)

Openly loving, unconditionally loving, loving without expectation of receiving the same in return is not
something which comes naturally to any of us.  It takes a deliberate action on our part.  That means time,
patience, and inconvenience; none of which is at all possible without the inner conviction and strength
nurtured in us through an intimate relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ.  
In Him and through Him - period.  

We live in times when all we hear about is “inclusivity.”  Agreed, we all need to be more sensitive to others’
point of view.  But.....and it’s a big but.....God is righteously jealous and intolerant and allows no room for
other gods.  Indeed, then, God is completely “exclusive.”  God is neither subject to our interpretations, nor
our theories of evolution, nor our man-invented laws of science.  Got is so far above and beyond the limits
that humans have tried to set in place that there is no measuring stick
by which a comparison is applicable.

Without realizing the scope of their own deterioration, people have forgotten how to live in love.  
For God is an all-consuming love, and to walk in that love we must be imitators of God.  That’s very Biblical,
by the way.  In Ephesians 5:1 Paul tells us just that:
“be imitators of God.”  Like ancient Rome, our country is
unraveling from within.  We won’t require outside help with our demise.  We’re doing the job very well
ourselves.  If you don’t understand that, then you’re looking through carnal and not spiritual eyes.  Can we
undo the damage?  Don't count on it.   

Hebrews 1:3 explicitly spells it out:
“Jesus in the radiance of God’s glory and the exact image of God’s being.”  
And the New Testament is jammed packed with accounts of Jesus’ walking in love.  

God gave the Israelites Ten Commandments and they should have been perfectly clear.  But no, neither they
nor the rest of us have been inclined to take them all that seriously.  What we claim and what we do are two
different things.  Every year without exception congress adds more laws.  Why?  Because no one uses any
common sense, and that’s because they’re not walking in God’s love.  If they were, no laws would be
necessary at all.  So Jesus, knowing this well, gave us an eleventh commandment which concisely sums up
all the rest.  Love each other just like I have loved you.   

The story of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet is found in John 13:1-17.  John precedes the story by stating
“Having loved his dear companions, He then shows them the full extent of His love.”  Can you imagine the
shock to His disciples when he put on the servant’s towel and knelt down and washed their feet?  That job
was relegated the lowest servant in any household - the lowest of the lowly.  
The dirty feet which had trekked miles upon miles of dusty roads, the same feet that got caked with mud after
a rain, the same blistered calloused feet.

How about this.....try showing someone love, doing an unexpected kindness.  i.e. - following in the footsteps
of Jesus.  Help someone who in your estimation doesn’t deserve it.  If Jesus is the exact image of God
Himself, and he most certainly is, then the apostle Paul was right in exhorting us to be imitators of the very
One who is able to save us.  There is no other, and yes, it is very exclusive.