PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
June 20, 2018
Over the last several weeks, we have been exploring how to hear the voice of God. Pastor Mark Batterson suggests in his book, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God, seven love languages: The first language is God’s Written Word – the 66 canonical books of the Bible. This is the primary way in which God speaks to us. However, God also speaks sometimes through desires, doors, dreams, people, promptings, and even pain. These are all love languages!
It is nice to be loved. This past Sunday on Father’s Day, when I heard from our children, I felt loved!! Love is the greatest gift we can receive or give to another. The Apostle Paul declared to the Corinthians: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Love is the only thing in this world besides the presence of God that is eternal. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:8: “Love never ends!” Why is love such an awesome thing? It is rooted in the very nature of God. We read “God is love” twice in 1 John. And love is a subject that the Lord Jesus taught and demonstrated every day he walked upon this earth.
Love is to be our standard of living. Jesus gave us the command in John 13:34, “Love one another.” But Jesus did not stop there; he added a qualifying adverbial phrase to modify this new command. He said, “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” The adverb kathos in this phrase means “just as” or “in the same manner.” When we provide an object lesson for our children (for example, when we show them how to tie their shoes), what do we do? We show them and then we say, “Now, you do it just like me.” The same is true when Jesus shows us how to love.
Earlier in John 13, Jesus knelt down and washed the disciples’ feet. He served them. Jesus provided concrete examples day after day through his teachings, through his miracles and compassion, through his healing and acts of service that he loved. Jesus shares the commandment again in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Ultimately, Jesus serves his followers when he laid down his life for them on the cross in order that they may have forgiveness of sin and eternal life. As the Apostle Paul stated in Romans 5:8, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” To love like Jesus, we must love in such a way that it becomes our standard for living the Christian life. Since God loves us so much, may we look for ways to love one another!