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How a Christian is known

From the September 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye 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 to another.  — Christ Jesus

That’s a pretty straightforward directive, isn’t it? Yet, is this “new” commandment any different from the Ten Commandments Moses gave to humanity and Jesus heartily endorsed? Or different from Jesus’ answer to the question raised by a seeker after Truth in his day: Which is the greatest of all the commandments? To which Jesus responded: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37–39).

In what he called the new commandment Jesus makes two specific and vital points. First, the importance of loving each other in the same way he has shown his love for us. A pure, unselfed, perfect, unconditional, spiritual love that individually reflects divine Love itself.