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Last Updated: July 10, 2019
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." - Jesus from John 13:34-35
Love is possibly the most amazing force in the universe. It is impossible for human beings to do it perfectly and yet totally irresistible. We want to love and to be loved. We may get confused about what that means, but we all have a desire to be loved and to show love as best we know how.
Yet, this is at odds with our current culture. Love is no longer seen as a gift from God that we should share, but rather becomes a self-centered transaction that we warily dole out to people. They say that the opposite of love isn't hatred (that's only misplaced passion) but rather apathy (the absence of the emotional side of love). And our society, so afraid of being hurt, has refrained from love.
As Christians we have a choice. Do we become counter-cultural the way our culture sees things? Do we hunker down and wait for some everlasting "I told you so"? Do we wring our hands at the current age's problems while pointing back to a nostalgic time when we were in our prime?
Or do we listen to Christ's command about how we can truly be set apart from the world? It means of course that we will not only be dismissed by people held captive by the fears of the world, but called to love them as well.
This summer we will have so many opportunities to be known by our love. We have the opportunity to actually follow Jesus' teaching. We will be able to gather in love with other disciples in Seguin on August 2nd and 3rd. The next weekend we will be able to gather together to share the Gospel with youngsters and their parents at VBS at the end of the week. Pray to love as Christ loves us so that we can love the world as Christ loves the world.
Let us remember Paul's prayer to the church at Thessalonica, "May God our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you! And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers." Amen.
Liebe, agápi, amore or 愛 Has Love Become a Foreign Word?