Love is what life is about

LPUC eNews – Sunday 9 May 2021

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1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17 / Love is what life is about

Today’s gospel reading is perfect for Mother’s Day because it is about love.  And there are several things that we learn from that.   

First of all, that love is a command.  In fact, Jesus gives us two commands in this passage.  The first is to remain in his love.  Where do we find the power to love as Jesus loved?  We find it by remaining in his love (vs 9 & 10).  In verse 12 Jesus gives us that second command.  It is that we are to “love each other as he has loved us.”  This command is linked to the first which is to remain in God’s love.  When we remain in God’s love, that love will motivate us and give us the power to love others. 

Secondly, that love is sacrificial.  Christ speaks of “laying down one’s life for one’s friends . . .”  For the parents, there is nothing that they will not do for their children.  Of course, some of us are at that stage of life when it is our parents who need our sacrificial love.  It’s part of the circle of life.  Our parents provided for our needs when we were young, but now it is they who have pressing needs.  Who will be there for them?  You may be part of what is often referred to as the “sandwich generation,” caught between the needs of your children and the needs of your aging parents.  That really is a difficult place.  Christ never promised that it would be easy. But love is sacrificial. 

Love is what life is all about.  God created this world so that He would have people He could love.  God sent His Son to die on the cross because of love.  When one day we are gathered around God’s throne with all those we love, we will discover that the final payoff for living is love.  Today go forth from this place determined to live a life of love that you might perfectly fulfill the commandments of Christ. Amen.   IL-WOONG.

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