Love One Another
Our marching orders are “LOVE.”
What’s confusing about that?
Is love unpredictable, my friends?
Can’t we just LOVE at the drop of a hat?
What about those annoying people?
Can we just love them unconditionally, too?
That’s not as easy as loving the lovely –
At least not for me, how about you?
Is love something we can command?
Well, Jesus did command it, in fact!
He said, “Love as I’ve loved you.”
What’s that mean to us? What’s the impact?
He paid the price for our forgiveness.
He loved us so much, He died.
We couldn’t love as much as He did,
No matter how much we tried.
The commandment before that one
Was to love neighbor as self.
The new commandment is an extension;
It doesn’t put the old one on the shelf.
We are commanded to love others and God.
It’s a mutual love for us all.
The standard of love goes from self
To loving as Jesus loves us. That’s tall!
It’s a tall order to love sacrificially;
It goes beyond self love so much.
It goes beyond whimsical emotion;
It goes beyond just those we touch.
How well we love all others
Is a reflection of our faithfulness.
It’s a hard order to obey;
It requires prayer and holy helpfulness.
This command is not a suggestion.
It wasn’t spoken for only a few.
It is a definition of us as Christians.
It’s not a feeling; it’s what we do!
Love One Another.
Sermon notes – Sunday, May 19, 2019
My “Take-away” from today’s sermon
by Rev. Jean Johnson
at Madison Valley Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jean Johnson defined love by saying,
“Love is something we decide to do,
a gift we decide to give.”
I’ve decided to give.
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