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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Looking to Love

We spend so much time and effort being reactionary and angry with each other. We seem to forget we are called to love. We are called away from what the apostle Paul called us, "children of wrath," to a better way of living with one another. We all fall into this trap. Our culture is steeped in angry call and response knee jerk reaction we see modeled for us by opinion makers and public functionaries daily. We have gone from a culture of intelligent discourse (well, maybe I go too far here ... were we ever really that sort of culture) to one of kindergarten playground name calling. This approach to life has made us fearful. When we are fearful, we spiral up our reactionary responses and get more shrill ... and more violent. As a Christian, the Bible is a profound source of deep guidance. Despite the quibbling that puts us all to shame, the Bible has a great deal to say about loving others (friends and enemies alike) and about not being afraid--we are supposed to help each other, diminishing fear, and we are promised God will not abandon us. Here are three examples to consider: 


1 John 4:7-12: 7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.


1 Corinthians 13:1-13: If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,* but do not have love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly,* but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.



Luke 2:8-12: 8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah,* the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ 

Wishing you all fearless, loving days when others bless you and you bless them.

For another post calling us to positive action, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/07/faithful-people-listen-and-help.html

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