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How can I love you?

John 13.31-35 ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another' (John 13.34) I don’t know where to start. There is so much that could be said about this, and so many questions 1.       In what way is this a new commandment? After all, the great command in the Old Testament is that we are to love God, and that we are to love our neighbour as ourselves (in other words as if he or she was one of us) 2.       And why does Jesus command us here just to love one another? He is speaking to his followers, to his disciples. Why does he not simply say that we are to love all people, whether they are Christians or not? But there are other places where he does command us to love all people, because God loves all people. Some of you will know the story of the Good Samaritan. But here Jesus tells his followers that their love is to begin with love for one another. 3.       And how can you command someone to love? Jesus says that we are to love one another. He