Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/20/2018
When we think about the love of Jesus, John chapter 15 has many insights into the love of Jesus. The next few blogs will look at how Jesus describes love in this chapter.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. (John 15: 9-10)
Real love happens in a relationship. Jesus was loved by God the Father. Then, in turn, Jesus has loved us. “We love Jesus because he has first loved us” (1 John 4:19). This is a part of that relationship that happens in love. This kind of love is specific and powerful. In weddings the vows sometimes contain “I promise, forsaking all others, to love you and you only as long as we both shall live.” This kind of love places the spouse above everyone else.
How do we understand obeying the commands of Jesus as part of this love? Every single thing that Jesus did was part of that love relationship with God the Father. He always sought His will to be done. Jesus life and actions were all a statement of that relationship. To do this in a marriage will change the way you look your actions. The great blessing here is that this attitude can make some of the mundane actions of life a true statement of love.
In Christ’s Service,