Love Ye One Another, Even As I Have Loved You

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

[Editor’s note: The following text is excerpted from a message delivered by Minister Louis Farrakhan. Jan. 14, 1996, at Life Center Church, pastored by Rev. T.L. Barret, located on the South Side of Chicago. Please order a “life-giving”message from Minister Farrakhan today!]

In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.

This world talks a lot about love, but to understand love is to understand the core out of which God operates. Love is not an emotion. It’s not that tender feeling that one gets in the heart when you see someone you are attracted to. We are not talking about love on the base level.

The scripture says, God is Love. When you see the verb “is,” which cannot take an object and which represents a state of being, then whatever is on one side of that “is,” is equal to what’s on the other side. It’s like an equation: God equals Love.

If you say God is Love, then Love is God. Love is that creative force out of which the universe came. Love is that creative force that gave motion to matter that made nothing into something. Love is that creative force out of which comes law and order, sustenance, maintenance and the reproduction of all things. God is Love.

There was a man who came to Jesus and asked Him how could he attain the Kingdom of God. Jesus said to the man, well, do the law. And the man said, I’m already doing these things. Then Jesus told him to take all of his goods, sell them and give them to the poor. Jesus said, deny yourself and pick up your cross, then come and follow me and you will attain the Kingdom of God. Well, that was a little too much for that fellow. So he went on about his business with the law.

Moses brought law. Muhammad (PBUH) brought law. Law is good, for law gives us and defines for us the limits of our behavior that will disallow us to infringe upon the rights and happiness of others. Law is a necessity. But law in and of itself is not the answer. For law can give you the outward appearance of what you may not be on the inside. The law of God is good, so you can live the law and appear good. David said, “I delight in the law; the law is a lamp unto my feet.” All of that is good. But time demands something better than just law-abiding people, because the law can only govern members of the body, but what can correct a reprobate mind?

Jesus wanted to nurture that which was on the inside because when you are good, you don’t need law. The law is not for righteous people. The law is for the lawless. When you become a reflection of Christ, you don’t need law anymore. Jesus said, the first commandment that I give you is to love God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind. And the second is like unto it, love your neighbor as yourself. On these two hang all the law and the prophets. So love is above the law because out of love came the law. Out of love came motion. Out of love came order. Out of love came sustenance and maintenance and reproduction. Love is the apex of it all.

Beloved family, we don’t love each other as He loved us. We like to show love to the big shots. We like to be good to the person with power and authority who can be good to us. So our love oftentimes to the big shot is tainted with a motivation that is not right. It’s easy to love somebody that can give you a position, so you can feign obedience, feign love. But the little believer that’s sitting in the back somewhere, that little sister or brother that comes to church every Sunday and comes through the week and says nothing, but when it’s time to give, they are always there. And when it’s time to work, they are always there. And sometimes you pass over that one to get to the big shot. But Jesus said, Love ye one another even as—just like, equal to the way—I have shown my love for you.

You can’t love one another being proud and arrogant over your position in the church or in the mosque or in your business. That’s not love when you’ve got to remind people of who you are so that they will bow to your so-called authority. Love disallows vain and glorious talk. Love disallows bragging, boastfulness, ego tripping, over some gift you have that didn’t originate with you; over some advantage you have that somebody else gave you. Love does not behave itself unseemly. Love does not seek its own. Love can transcend these artificial barrier