John chapter 13 and verse 34 and verse 35. ''A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one another as I have loved you.'' Now they've been told to love before but it's a new commandment because they've never been told to love this way before. They're to love one another as I have loved you that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples if ye have love one for another. You don't need a lapel pin. You don't need a bumper sticker. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love one for the other. I'm not against a lapel pin. I'm not against a bumper sticker. But dear friend the proof and the sign of love that we are disciples is that we love one another in the Lord Jesus Christ. About 200 years ago an encyclopedia wrote an article on love. It took 5 pages. That same encyclopedia attempted to describe the atom and they took about 4 lines. Recently, in a recent addition of that encyclopedia they left love out all together and took 5 pages to explain the atom. You know Jesus said, ''Because iniquity shall about the love of many shall wax cold.'' We live in a day of abounding iniquity and dwindling love. And a psychiatrist said what people in this world need more than anything else is the ability to love and to be loved. We are sick. And somebody said what the world needs now is love, love, love. That's true. Love doesn't make the world go round, but it makes the trip worth while. It really does. We need to love one another. And there's a, there's a great need for just old fashioned Bible love.
Now love is very hard to explain. It's very hard to express. Even romantic love, romantic love. I remember when I fell in love with Joyce. I couldn't explain it but I felt like a grasshopper or roller skates. I'll tell you it's just, it's just so exciting to be in love. I remember when I kissed her the first time. We were grade school sweethearts and I felt those cold chills going down my back. Her popsicle was melting. Somebody said that love is a, is an inward expressability of an outward all overisnesss. Or love is that feeling you feel when you feel. your going to feel a feeling you've never felt before. It's hard to express love isn't it. I'm talking about romantic love. How much more is it hard to express the love of God When Jesus said, ''A new commandment have I given unto you that you love one another even as I have loved you.'' ''By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another.'' An example is what we need. And in the 13th chapter of John we have an example of love worth finding. We have an example of love worth sharing. We have an example of love worth sending.
The title of our message is, LEARNING TO LOVE. Now in this 13th chapter of the gospel of John, is the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet. Go back to the beginning of that chapter and look at it with me for just a moment and you a ...
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