34. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Before Jesus and his disciples ate the Passover supper, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Jesus taught them that He is their example, and that they should do the things He did. He taught them about how important it is to love and show love. He commanded them to love one another, just as He had loved them. Jesus also taught that if we love Him, we should keep His commandments. Finally, Jesus taught, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus was not only talking to His twelve disciples, He was teaching all those who follow Him. We should try to show love to one another, keep the commandments to show love for Jesus Christ, and remember the love Jesus has for us and the sacrifice he made for us.
“In today’s world, nowhere is that bedrock foundation of love needed more than in the home. And nowhere should the world find a better example of that foundation than in the homes of Latter-day Saints who have made love the heart of their family life. … Love is the very essence of the gospel, the noblest attribute of the human soul”
Thomas S. Monson
When Jesus gave this new commandment to “love one another” (John 13:34–35), was He speaking only to His twelve disciples? (No.)
What is a disciple? (One who believes in and follows Jesus.)
How can we show Jesus that we are His disciples? (By loving one another and keeping the commandments.)
How do we know that God loves us? (He provided a Savior for us, so we can return to live with Him.)
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16.)
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These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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