What did Jesus' one another verses mean?
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." Jn. 15:12 and "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." Jn. 13:34. Jesus is asking us to love as He does, as He demonstrated when He walked the earth, "And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another." 2 Jn. 1:5, and "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;" Rom. 12:10.
He humbled Himself to serve others, "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet." Jn. 13:14. He is telling us that leaders should serve, "And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:" Matt. 20:27. He has given us free will and asks us to use it to serve others, rather than for selfish purposes, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another." Gal. 5:13.
He called us to unity and asks us to help Him create His family, "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." Rom. 12:5, and "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another." Rom. 14:19, and "Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." Phil. 2:2, and "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." 1 Cor. 1:10, and "Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits." Rom. 12:16, and "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8, and "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:" 1 Pet. 3:8.
We are not to judge each other, "Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." Rom. 14:13, because He knows when we do, we turn people away from His love.
We are to put aside envy and everything that separates us, "Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another." Gal. 5:26, and "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one in love." Eph. 4:2, and "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." Gal. 6:2.
Forgiveness is at the heart of loving each other, so He asks us to always forgive others, just as we want Him to forgive us, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:32, and "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." Matt. 18:21-22.
He asks us to be a community that shines His light into this dark world, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Heb. 10:25, and "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Jam. 5:16, and "Use hospitality one to another without grudging." 1 Pet. 4:9. A community that provokes each other to righteousness, "And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another." Rom. 15:14, and "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Heb. 3:13, and "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:" Heb. 10:24, and "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Pet. 4:10, and "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another." Eph. 4:25.
We are meant to one another each other undo unconditional love.
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