ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORING: THE JOY OF LOVE

ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: I missed today’s Sunday School due to work, however, I reviewed the lesson and put a few words together. The lesson was entitled, “THE JOY OF LOVE”. The Scripture was from the book of John, chapter 15, verses 1-17. The KEY VERSE was verse 12 which reads, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you”. One of the lesson aims, which struck me as being particularly powerful asked the question, “What role does LOVE play in human life?”

 

 

Someone once asked the question, “How do I know I’m loving God enough?”, to which an answer was given, “One of the most reliable means to gauge our love for God is how deeply we love one another”. If we’re not loving others to the pentacle of loving, then we are not showing God—as the Emotions said—“the best of our love”.

 

 

How seriously did Jesus take this love thing? Twice, in both verses 12 and 17, Jesus tells His followers, “…My command to you is this: Love each other” and, in verse 12, He further clarified this command by adding, “as I have loved you”.

 

 

So how high is that standard? How his is the standard of, “as I have loved you”. Verse 13 tells us EXACTLY how high the bar is set when it declares, “Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends”. That’s a very, very high standard, isn’t it? I mean whom among us loves a friend, not a child but a friend, enough to DIE for them? I don’t have a friend like that, personally. Do you?

 

 

BUT, Jesus did that! He laid down his life for—not only his friends—but for all humankind.

 

 

We are all His friends—and thus—He should be ours. The old familiar hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grieves to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to Him in prayer”

 

 

All we have to do is abide in him. Abide means to dwell or to live in. All we have to do is live our lives in Jesus; follow his commandments; love one another as we love ourselves and love God and everything else will fall into place.

 

 

 

Martin Luther King made this powerful statement, “I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality”.

 

 

CLOSING PRAYER: “Holy and Loving Father, we rejoice in the gift of Your grace and mercy toward us. Stir our hearts and minds to emulate Your love and kindness that we may fulfill the greatest commandment of all, which is to love one another as You have loved us. We desire to be totally absorbed in Your will. IN Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

 

Our obedience to the will of God gives us complete joy as we share in the life of Christ and in his love.

 

 

 

 

15 Comments

  1. Good one Cuz!

    I remember us discussing how we must follow Jesus’ direction about how to love. That said, I appreciate your inclusion of Jesus’ direction for us to love as he has loved us.

    Sadly, so many Christians are much more concerned with the “Thou shalt nots” that they have completely forgotten the “Thou shalls.”

    For me, love is a verb; it is active. You cannot tell me that you have love for me while showing me actions that are in direct opposition to it.

    Thanks for the thoughtful post. Love you!

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    1. Thanks Cousin! I totally agree with you about LOVE being an action verb. Love is what it does. I make this point constantly in my faith-based writing and speaking.

      YAAASSSSS! The “Thou shalls” are often overlooked, unfortunately.

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  2. Nicely said, to love God as he loves us. Is saying a lot because God never leaves us. So many people that believe in God doesn’t know the power of God and forget about God when times are bad. The Holy Spirit was gifted to us to warn us to pray and get ready win when our tests are coming. To protect us From The Storm and comfort us in the rain. It’s too many of us that is always down or complaining as if the comforter never existed and the name of God is powerless. We have to know our power in God and love him unconditionally through our highs and lows. And so many people don’t know we all start out as babes in the word of God. As we live in God’s word and let him lead us through his word we are more power and we go higher and higher in God as we earn more power. God doesn’t baby us and rush down to save us who earned our power to survive. He glorifies us as we earn power of love, peace of mind, happiness and our sense of freedom and the power to make it through our test…

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  3. Loving ourselves and others as Jesus loves us is easier said than done Ron. In this broken world it is hard to love when we see the atrocities going on around us: for example, the terrorist attack in London in recent days and the poor innocents who were murdered. How do you love the person who murdered those people? Yet if we are to follow Jesus’ words those people are to be loved too. This is an important and timely message/lesson that we would do well to heed. If we cannot or find it difficult to love everyone then at least we should strive to do so even though we find it hard to understand all the evil things that happen in our world. Loving others goes a long way towards making lives better while we are here in our human existence as we are all spiritual beings. Many of us either do not know this or would prefer not to acknowledge it. I loved this post!

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