It’s a pretty important directive handed down by Jesus. He lays it out as the second most important charge for his followers: Love your neighbor as yourself.
We know very well of our call to love God. We’re even aware of the command that follows. But I’m always struck by the phrase, “as yourself.”
Love your neighbor as yourself. Continue reading
With this being the 10th anniversary of 9/11, here are words that I believe are pertinent to remember in our world today:
Let us, as followers of Love Incarnate, Jesus Christ, not define who is and is not our enemy. Continue reading
I heard these words in a video presentation I watched yesterday. They came from Michael Lloyd of St Paul’s Theological Centre. They gripped my heart deeply.
‘Love in the presence of pain takes the form of compassion, love in the presence of injustice takes the form of anger, love in the presence of love takes the form of delight.’
I have shared recently how I have really been wrapped up in 1 John 4:14-18. I put some thoughts out in this article and this article. You can also listen to the 2 messages I shared with our church here and here.
In all of this, I have been closely drawn to the reality that God actually wants us to know, truly know, that He loves us. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it. Plenty of us, or all of us, go through times and seasons of doubt with all sorts of things. But I am convinced our Father wants us, as His dear children, to know that He actually loves us. This is one of the things John is trying to get across in these handful of verses in 1 John 4.
And John was persuaded that the Father wanted us to know this same life-changing love, this love that he himself both knew and believed (see vs16), knew and believed as he saw, listened to, and touched the word of life become flesh (see 1:1). Even more, this perfect love, actually gives confidence towards the Father and destroys fear (and a whole host of other things).
You see, I thought I would remain in 1 John 4 for quite some time, and while it is deeply embedded in me, I was taken into Song of Solomon last week. And that’s where I find myself frequently, not being able to get away from 2:10-15. Continue reading
On Saturday, I posted up an article with regards to what God has been stirring in me from 1 John 4:14-18. My heart has been gripped with the reality of John’s words – We have come to know and believe the love God has for us.
These are experiential words coming from the pen of John. He is one so captured by the love of the Father seen in the Son, Jesus, that he identifies this love as perfect love. And we all know what perfect love does – casts out fear (and I suspect it deals with a few more things, though I shared how I believe fear is connected to much of our deep wounds and inner-sin). Continue reading