I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately — not a romantic response or a movement of emotion that fades as quickly as it came, but love in a context for others. Those whose thoughts and ideals may not align with mine.
In Australia right now like many other nations we’re confronted with ideals that are in conflict with the community of faith. Freedoms on all sides are being fought for, interest groups take their position to defend, there is an anger and aggression that causes me to just feel uneasy. And so, I’m forced to check myself in the midst of values and theology.
The question is not just what am I fighting for, but more importantly who am I fighting? Still further, I’m in need of asking if love motivates my response, then maybe I shouldn’t be fighting at all.
I read a Ken Blanchard blog recently in which he said, “loving others is a natural overflow of our love for God.”
My prayer is that God will make this real to me, if I can see my friends and family, neighbours and the wider community through this filter I would be the richer for it.
In his book ‘Soul Cravings’, Erwin McManus writes: “Love always grows, not just deeper but wider. Love calls us to community, love calls us to humanity, love calls us to each other.”
I’m moved by Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John where He uses the vine as an analogy. He is the vine, God is the Gardener and we need to bear fruit. We do this by being a disciple, discipleship is something that’s ‘seen’ and not just ‘declared.’
John 15:8: “This is to my father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”