Touché January 27, 2017
Posted on January 27, 2017 by under Touché,

 

Core Values-Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”                                                                                                  (1 John 4:7)

“All you need is love.”  That’s what The Beatles sang, but it didn’t work so well for them.  Yoko Ono broke the Fab Four apart and they never sang together again. It may be all we need, but it is tough to live it out.

Nothing is more central to our lives as Christians than love. Jesus says our faith is built around the command to love God with everything we have and love our neighbor as ourselves. When we speak of love it seems so simple, so soft and so far away.  This is love, says John, “not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.”  The model of love for followers of Christ is a tough love that is self-sacrificing for the good of the other person.   We are to love as Jesus loved those around him and the way that Jesus loves us. A definition of this: “Love is seeing, caring, and acting for the good of the other.”

How are you doing with that?  It may be easy to love those who love you and serve your needs, but it is harder to love those who you experience as difficult to love or seem to be working against your needs.  Jesus even commands us to love our enemies.  That is unheard of.  Many times our failure to love comes from a fear of the other and we are reminded by John that perfect love casts out all fear.

Who do you love?  Who do you not love?  That is a challenge worth reflecting on, because many times the people we have a hard time loving says as much about ourselves as it does about the other.

So pray for me as I preach this week on this simply deep value.  And some questions that I hope prepare you for Sunday are these:

  • In your practice of the spiritual disciplines, do you regularly experience the love of God for you? If not, what stands in the way?
  • What are the greatest obstacles you routinely face in seeing, caring, and acting for the good of another person?
  • Think of a person whom you find difficult to love. What does your difficulty loving that person say about you?
  • How will you obey Jesus’ command to bless and pray for your enemies?

It is tough work to live into this tough love, but let us love one another.

In Love,  Taylor