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“So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you.” John 13:34 (TPT)

Every New Year brings hope, and a desire to accomplish something greater or reach the goals that we have never achieved before. Maybe for some, it feels like a chance to start over. When you drive by the parking lots of the gyms for the first couple of months each year, you will find people starting over – new goals!

There is excitement around the word, “new.” We tend to associate that word with a gift or opportunity, and it motivates us. Our mind goes wild with new ideas, thoughts, plans, desires – “it’s something new!” Have you ever asked God to do something new in you or maybe to be used in a new way for the Kingdom? Just imagine how much excitement is generated in Heaven when we give a “YES LORD” as a response to something HE desires from us. In John 13:34 Jesus gave us a NEW commandment to love each other, as He has loved us. This world can certainly use that right now! How much of an impact would Christians make if we say YES to that commandment?

I remember the song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” written in the mid-60s. I was just a young kid, but I knew how important that song was to a hurting world. I don’t remember the chaos in the country during that time, but people needed Jesus then, and the same is today – people need the love of Jesus. My challenge to you is, will you be a vessel to distribute the love of Jesus? To your family, friends, associates? How about the difficult people you meet or work with every day?  This year, when you make New Year’s Resolutions and set your goals, I encourage you to ask God to use you as a vessel of His Love.


Prayer: Father, thank you for the Love you gave to us, your Son Jesus Christ.  I’m so grateful for the peace and joy I have because of that Love. I pray that you use me to love others, even when it’s difficult. I ask for courage and the desire to do as you commanded – love one another. I pray in Your sweet holy name Jesus, Amen.

Darrell Snitker