From The Pastor

Dear Church Family,

February, the month of “Love.” But who gets the love? A number of years ago my mom sent me a devotion from “Our Daily Bread” that attempted to answer the question, “Who gets the love?”

A sociologist was writing a book about the difficulties of growing up in a large family, so he interviewed the mother of 13 children. After several questions, he asked, “Do you think all children deserve the full, impartial love and attention of a mother?” “Of course,” said the mother. “Well which of your children do you love the most?” he asked, hoping to catch her in a contradiction. She answered, “The one who is sick until he gets well, and the one who is away until she gets home.”

That mother’s response reminds me of the shepherd who left the 99 sheep to seek the one that was lost (Luke 15:4), the woman who searched for the one coin (v.8), and the father who threw a party when his wayward son returned (vv. 22-24). Jesus told those stories to emphasize God’s love for people who are lost in sin. God has more than enough love to go around. Besides, those who are “well” and are not “lost” experience the Father’s love as fully as those whom He gives special attention. Augustine said, “God loves every one of us as if there were but one of us to love.” In Ephesians 2:4, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great “love” with which He loved us…” Titus 3:2, declares, “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared…” You and I are loved with an everlasting love by God through Jesus Christ, no matter who we are or what we have done. We are loved!

It is the love that we have received in Christ Jesus that is to control and direct our lives with Him and others. The love of Christ is to control us in order that we don’t live for ourselves but for Christ who died and rose on our behalf (II Corinthians 5:14-15, II Thessalonians 3:5).

Jesus answered a young lawyer’s question concerning the greatest commandment by stating, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). Loving God, loving others and loving ourselves; these three aspects of love are without a doubt the most important calling of our lives.

Who gets the love? We do from God in Christ Jesus. Who gives the love? We do, from God in Christ Jesus!

Pastor Kirk

   February 2019   
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