Scriptural Gem for November 2016

In John 13:34-35 we read: "A new commandment I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another"
We all know these verses and we even sing a chorus based on the words, but do we truly understand what Jesus is saying here? Why does he call it a 'new' commandment? If this commandment is 'new' then what was the old one? We would all agree that the original commandment concerning love is found in Leviticus 19:18 which Jesus refers to in Matthew 22:39: 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. But now consider carefully Jesus's words in Mark 10:45: 'For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many' and John 15:12-13: 'My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.'
 There we have it - the original commandment instructs us to love others as we love ourselves (and we have enough trouble with that as it is!) but the new commandment, the one which he says will clearly show whether we are his disciples or not,  is if we love each other more than we love ourselves.... That is how he loved us. 
Dear friends, we could probably still try to obey the original commandment of love, but this new commandment to love others more than ourselves is humanly impossible. It requires an indwelling of the Divine.
Lord, come and indwell us that we could love as you loved us and so fulfill your new commandment. This will show all men that we belong to you. Amen.