Theme = ‘love’
By some crazy truth – which Jesus calls ‘love’ – the creator of the universe has chosen to be ‘friends’ with some of his creatures.
How do we get from Peter the denier, full of shame and regret – to Peter the apostle, leader of the early church?
When Jesus commands us to love, he does not give us licence to ignore great swathes of Scripture, but gives us the best way of understanding what it means.
Are you willing to look beyond ‘people like me’ and befriend your neighbour, whoever they may be?
Jesus died willingly. He was not forced to die by an angry or cruel God. He knew the cost, he knew the pain, and yet he still gave himself freely, for you and for me.
James puts it like this: do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Let us listen to James, do what he says, and learn to be devoted to Jesus with all our hearts
We need to love ourselves in the right way. We need Goldilocks love – not too much love, not too little love, but just the right amount of love.
Martin Luther King said the question is not, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ but, ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’
Paul’s describes deep, sacrificial love – but how often churches are full of niceness rather than love, acquaintances rather than brothers and sisters, pretending rather than sharing.