How to Love One Another
John 13:12 Then when He had washed their feet and taken His outer garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, Do you know what I have done to you? (14) If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. (34) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
The Lord told us to wash one another’s feet. We must wash one anothers’ feet by ministering the work of the Holy Spirit, by ministering the enlightenment of the Word, and by ministering the operation of the inner life. In this way, I help you, you help me, and we help one another to be washed in the work of the Holy Spirit, in the light of the Word, or in the operation of the inner life.
When the Lord washed the disciples’ feet, He laid aside His garments. In the Scriptures, a garment signifies what we do and how we act. Whatever we do and however we act becomes our garment. If you have good behavior, you have an excellent garment, something that is beautiful and glorious. However, if you want to minister spiritual foot washing to others, you must lay aside what you have attained, what you have been doing, and how you have been behaving. Whenever you are proud, you can never minister spiritual foot washing to anyone. You must be humble and lay aside your garments. To lay aside your garments means to humble yourself, to empty yourself, to take something off of you and to strip something from you.
Each of us must learn how to love the brothers and sisters by ministering the spiritual foot washing to them. Sometimes when I come to visit you, you can minister some sort of foot washing to me by showing your love toward me, and I have to show the same love toward you so that some foot washing will be ministered to you to cleanse you from the earthly touch. We must do this, otherwise, the fellowship between us could not be maintained.