In John Ch.15 Jesus said “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.”
The love God has for us is beyond putting into words. It seems to be quite the in thing (especially amongst some of my former comrades in arms) to dismiss our Christian faith as a myth; that we are people deluded by “an imaginary friend”. I am deeply saddened by this. I have been a Christian for over 50 years. I know God is real!! I cannot demonstrate this in an empirical way, but there are lots of things that cannot be “proved” like this. But when you open your mind to the possibility of God, He can demonstrate His presence and His love in a way that is far beyond our understanding.
I have experienced this myself and I am not ashamed to call myself a child of God.
Jesus goes on to say in John . ch.15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”.
Having experienced the deep love that the Father has for me shown to us through the reality of Christ how do I put His command into action?
It’s easy to love those close to me and dear to me. My mum, my dear wife, my children – all of whom I love unconditionally. So I put Christ’s command into action.
But what about the neighbours from hell over the road? What about those who murder and rape in the name of God and who seek to impose their view of things on to the world. What about those who seek to further their own interests whether it be through power or greed regardless of others?
So how do I put Christ’s command into action. I am not much of a liberal to be honest but I still need to honour Christ.
I know one thing, it cannot be done just by myself with all my human fraility. It can only be done through the Holy Spirit working in and through me!
My prayer through this Lent period is that the Lord will help love those I find difficult to love.