April 21, 2015

1John4_7

1 John 4:7-21

The tired old man was perched on the steps leading into the church. He sat there every day. He had no place to go; no particular circumstance required his presence. He was homeless, jobless and for the most part, invisible. No one noticed him, except for the pastor who supplied breakfast and the newspaper a few times per week. The two were friends; brothers you could say. They sat quietly, so obviously different, yet so much the same, bound together.

In the text before us, John has but one message; Jesus Christ came as the manifestation of God’s love. “For God so loved the world,” John would write in his gospel, “that he gave his only Son.” John 3:16 God’s love is realized through Christ, so that humanity may be saved through him. God’s love is perfect, undeserved and everlasting. It is the love shared by his people. Those who abide in his love, abide in him, and he in them.

The two men on the steps recognized the love that united them; they spoke of it often. As they shared the news of the day, they shared something even more fulfilling – the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Prayer: Holy God, fill us with your love, that we may abide in you and you in us. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to April 21, 2015

  1. The Facebook notification for your post arrived in my mailbox considerably after I had written my own blog post today–a post for next week, actually. However, your post probed an issue I had tried to address in my post. Love. Christ’s love. My love for others. Especially, my lack of love for the people I hold responsible for the disintegration of the culture.

    I deal with my reactions in light of the fact that one week from today, the Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments that will finalize their decision about whether to decree that same-sex marriage is a universal human right protected by the Constitution. I have a hard time loving the people who advocate and agitate for such a thing to happen.

    I know I should make a distinction between loving those people and agreeing with their cause. I know some advocates personally, and I find it very difficult to separate the people from their cause. I don’t have any trouble loving someone who needs food or clothes or medicine. I am moved by people’s needs. I am not moved to love people who want to destroy the foundation of human society by trashing the Bible and the Constitution. I know that God’s love is not about my opinion of people, but I struggle with the way my opinion of their advocacy affects my willingness to love them the way Jesus does.

    I can honestly say that I don’t desire to do them any harm, but I do want to shred their arguments with incisive logic. When I shred someone’s argument, it is very difficult not to shred the person as well.

    Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” I know that LGBTQ advocates, and their sympathizers, actually want the outcome I dread–the complete disassembly of the concept of home and family. I know it, because I read the blogs where they say so. Marriage and family as a white, cisgender privilege is an obsolete idea that must be abandoned as humans evolve into a higher organism.

    I am praying to learn to love them. It is very, very hard.

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