One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.
 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1) This was John speaking of himself but each disciple could have said the same thing – I am the disciple whom Jesus loves.
2) Jesus continually displayed His love for others. Following the new commandment – to love one another as He loves us – shows that we are truly disciples of Christ, separating us from non-Christians and from those who hear the Word but the seed does not fall on fertile ground.
1) This is beautiful because we can all say this too – I am the one whom Jesus loves. That’s a wonderful feeling!
2) “Love one another. As I have loved you..” – This is not just loving others enough to share the Gospel and but lives, or loving others as we love ourselves, it’s a much higher standard of love – loving others as Christ loves us. This love is a choice, it feels the pain of others, it is unconditional and it is sacrificial. This is a high bar and speaking for myself, I can tell you that I sometimes find it difficult to live up to that standard. Even with my failures, as I try to be more and more like Jesus, I’m committed to try and love others as He loves us.
Lord thank you for loving us as You do. Thank you that I can say I am one you love. Help me to love others with the same consistent, comprehensive, sacrificial love You have for us.