During these difficult times we will be writing some short reflections. These will be published here and made available through the Facebook and Twitter pages.
Reflections this week by Rev David Denniston
God is love
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
1st John 4: 7-9
Here we get to the heart of the matter!
Yet again we are told to love one another. It must be clear to us by now that John is very insistent about this! And no wonder. Is it not, as we have seen, the central commandment and – as Jesus gave it – his new commandment to us?
The reason given here for us loving one another is that ‘love is from God’. But John does not stop there. He tells us that God is love. The very heart and being of God is love.
And, as we are told here, this love has been revealed in God’s sending of his Son into the world.
The God who is love has revealed this love in the giving of his Son for us. And so we, who are the objects of this Divine love, are called to love one another.
Nothing could be more important that this love. So let us focus our lives on loving, this and every day.
God who is light and life and love,
you have revealed your great love for us
in sending you Son into the world,
and have called us to love one another.
Give us grace that we might truly love each other
as you have loved us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.