23. “Love One Another, As I Have Loved You”

Love One Another

“The Lost Commandments: The Sacred Rites of Hospitality,” Peter J. Sorensen, BYU Studies, Vol. 44, no. 1
Being a good host is a form of unconditional love. Just as one cannot wholly merit mercy (for the very essence of mercy is that the recipient is unworthy of it), so one clearly cannot be a partial host, catering only to visitors who meet preconceived qualifications.
At the Last Supper, Jesus is the host. It is fortunate that John 13 preserves the scene of the Last Supper that is missing from the synoptic gospels. Peter’s hesitation to let Jesus wash his feet stems not from a wanton ignorance of hospitality, but from his high regard for Jesus’ place and mission; once Peter realizes the ordinance has eternal or cosmic significance, he rushes headlong to be washed head to foot—a remarkably resonant comment about higher ordinances.
“Maundy Thursday,” Eric D. Hunstman, BYU New Testament Commentary
The Gospels record two important ordinances at the Last Supper: the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in the Synoptics and the Washing of Feet in John. The earliest reference to the institution of the sacrament in the New Testament is actually in the letters of Paul, which were written before any of the gospels. John’s omission of the sacrament is surprising, but sacramental imagery is woven throughout the body of his gospel (e.g. the Bread of Life Discourse, Jesus as the Fountain of Living Water, the Vine, etc.).
“What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, November 2009
What did you do for someone today? “The needs of others are ever present, and each of us can do something to help someone.” Our lives are given value and purpose when we lose ourselves in reaching out to others. Too often we spend our time taking care of the things that do not really matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. The Lord has entrusted us to be his hands here on earth and he is depending on us to do our part.
“Where Is Peace?” Howard W. Hunter, Conference Report, December 1966
This article discusses the spiritual properties of peace, drawing heavily on events and sayings of Jesus in the New Testament. Those who are unrighteous and wicked will receive no peace as their actions are taking away the peace of others. The Savior tells us as we come unto him and love one another we will find peace.
“Make Our Lord and Master Your Friend,” Harold B. Lee, Conference Report, December 1968
Within this article are several suggestions on how to make real the Johannine logion “Ye are my friends” in John 15:14. The world tries to tell us that we need only be friends of the world. We don’t need a Savior. We can be successful as we operate on selfish desires, false values, and improper motives. To keep from succumbing to this mind set the Lord has given us guidelines that if we follow, we will find ourselves worthy to be called the Masters friend.
Jesus Teaches “I Am The True Vine,” John 14

“Abide in Me,” Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, May 2004
“Jesus said, ‘Without me ye can do nothing.’ I testify that that is God’s truth. Christ is everything to us and we are to ‘abide’ in Him permanently, unyieldingly, steadfastly, forever. For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all, and to this His Church, which bears His holy id. He is the vine that is our true source of strength and the only source of eternal life. In Him we not only will endure but also will prevail and triumph in this holy cause that will never fail us.”