We need to learn to love each other at the same time as we appreciate our differences!

As I begin to reflect on today’s Gospel, I remember Sarah’s post on facebook yesterday. She wrote, “….Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins…..then what is love????
So, what is love? This word has been confused for many years now. Society has turned love into what it is not supposed to be. We say we love certain things and we tell people we love them. Love has so many different connotations! Sometimes the best way to communicate God’s love is simply to speak of how God has made a difference in our lives.
As the Father loves Jesus, so Jesus loves us. And Jesus makes of us one major demand – to remain in His love, we must follow His commandments. And the chief of these, the Queen of the laws, as it were, is the commandment to love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And this is paired with loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.
In other words, we are to show to our neighbors the love Jesus shows to us. And the love Jesus shows to us is the love God the Father showed to Jesus. It is in this love – a love that is patient, strong, wise, and forgives everything – in this love that we must forgive continually and forgive even where forgiveness is not asked. We must be prepared to endure all, because our love must imitate that of Christ Himself. That isn’t to say that we are to make ourselves martyrs and constantly be patting ourselves on the back because of how much we endured. Indeed, our love should be so selfless that we don’t even notice that we ARE enduring. Indeed, we allow the Holy Spirit within us to carry us through and love completely.

Many times, loving others can be very difficult. Jesus knew His disciples would have hard time loving each other, because they were human and had different personalities. We are all different from each other. However, it brings on challenges and that is where love needs to come into the picture. We need to learn to love each other at the same time as we appreciate our differences. We should love more effectively. Not because we have to and are commanded to, but because we want to! A real challenge, but one given to us at the very beginning. “Remain in my love.” Be the love of Jesus for someone in your world today. It is the short way to transforming the entire world. As the Kingdom is a manifestation of God’s love for us, we manifest the kingdom by loving God in our neighbor.

Father, by the power of Your Spirit You have filled the hearts of Your faithful people with gifts of love for one another.I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain , give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

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