Monday, February 04, 2019

Experience Love in the Body of Christ

1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, love one another deeply”

John 13:34-35, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."


Ouch! I wonder if that is how the world sees the church? Listening to some of our rhetoric and reading some of our Facebook posts, I would not be surprised. Like “peace,” the word “love” is another word that is overused and under-experienced. It is effortless to talk about and sing about love. Years ago Pepsi capitalized on a song that says, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” Perhaps the reason there is so little is that it costs so much.

Mother Teresa heard vows from 11 new members of her growing order, the Society of the Missionaries of Charity, and spoke briefly about this weekend to a crowd of about 700 people. "Love, to be real, must cost," said the frail and stooped Mother Teresa, 75, whose big voice belies her stature, "It must hurt. It must empty us of self."(From article written by Anne L. Meskey, “What’s the Big Deal About Love?,” Discipleship Journal 1994)

What does Mother Teresa mean when she says, “Love, to be real, must cost”?

Jesus told us to love one another “as I have loved you.”  Take a moment and think about the extent Jesus went through to demonstrate His love for us. How can we love others the same way?

When have you experienced sacrificial love?

Who around you needs to experience God’s love?

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