by Nelson Price


JOHN 15: 9 - 12

JESUS CHRIST from the cross of Calvary turned to His beloved
disciple John and with a dying breath charged him to care for
Mary, his mother. Thus, in showing love and respect for the one
who gave Him birth, He dignified the role of all mothers and set
a worthy example for every offspring.
The structure and function of the American family has changed so
dramatically from the Biblical ideal that it is difficult to
speak on the subject without offending some and hurting others.
However, if the idea isn't advocated and embellished by someone,
the next generation will have even a poorer concept of the
function of a family and the role of a mother.
Jesus Christ gave us instruction regarding the only way two or
more people can live together and maintain a long-lasting
relationship. There is no way other than that defined by His
insight: "This is My commandment, that you love one another as
I have loved you" (John 15:12).
"Love" translates AGAPAO which means to willfully have regard
for and desire the good of another. It has little to do with
emotions and affection. It has everything to do with commitment
and caring. It is the kind of love God has for us. As applied
in this text, it means to look out for and provide for one
another in a social and moral sense.
Our relationships depend on our attitude toward one another.
Unity instead of rivalry, trust instead of suspicion, obedience
instead of self-assertion must rule in our relationships.
He said we are to love one another as He loved us. How did He

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