L O V E
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” NIV John 15 verses 9 & 12
Jesus didn’t just say it would be a ‘good idea’ if his followers loved each other as he had loved them. He gave a command. It was something so important that they must do it.
LOVE: So what does it mean? Love is s a small word with a big meaning, The apostle Paul explains it in the Bible in his letter to people at Corinth: NIV 1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-7:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
So love is not just liking someone a lot, it’s a love that makes everyone matter, love which wants the best for people. These could be examples of the first four: patient…waiting your turn, not expecting things to happen straight away; kind…giving to and doing things for others, sharing toys;
not envying….being content with what you have;
not boasting…not showing off, saying, ‘My picture’s better than yours’.
Love God with all of your heart, is the key, And God says: ”You are important to me.”
Jesus says ‘Love each other’, it’s true,
Showing God’s love in what you ‘say’ and you ‘do’.
So Jesus loves us and we are his friends,
His love is unchanging, never comes to an end.
Loving God, help us to love each other as you love us. Amen.