Archbishop Usher (1581-1655) was once wrecked on the coast of Ireland, and almost destitute of clothing he wandered to the house of a local preacher. The preacher was quite wary of this stranger at his door, and somewhat coldly asked, “How many commandments are there?” This he did thinking to detect and expose an imposter.
“I can at once satisfy you that I am not the ignorant imposter you take me for,” replied the archbishop, “for there are most certainly eleven commandments in the Bible.”
“No,” was the sneering reply, “there are but ten commandments in my Bible. Tell me the eleventh and I will give you the help you need.”
The archbishop asked for a Bible. “There it is,” he said pointing to the verse, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).
This so smote the conscience of the preacher that he did all he could for the comfort and help of the stranger at his door. Let us never forget to practice the eleventh commandment.