“Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:7-8, NLT).
We are all familiar with hypocrites—we’ve been there and done that at least once or twice in our lives. It’s easy to talk about being loving and forgiving, but it’s really hard to do it, especially with what one author/speaker calls sandpaper people.
It’s no surprise Jesus lived the commandment to love others. He is after all, the giver of the commandment and he wouldn’t tell us to do something he wasn’t able to do as a human. John noted here the recipients of his letter were also living it, so we know it’s possible, with the help and strength of the Holy Spirit. By reminding us Jesus lived it out, John gives us another clue about who God is—someone who doesn’t make unreasonable demands on his children, but a loving God who shows us how it’s done and gives us the help to do it.