Let Us Love One Another (1 John 4:7)
Martin Luther King once called love “the most durable power in the world.” As he explained, “Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
Love becomes trite when we quote it but don’t work for its realization in our lives. But as St. Paul's United Church of Christ we give ourselves to answering God’s call to love.
Love is often a favorite topic in our world today. In his 2016 Tony Award acceptance speech for Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda said, “love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love.” Leo Tolstoy said, "All, everything that I understand, I only understand because…I love." In the movie Moulin Rouge! Christian says, "Love is like oxygen - love is a many splendored thing - love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love!" Echoing songs from Sammy Fain and the Beatles and others.
What is love? How can we prove love? In a world plagued by poverty, famine, natural disasters, deadly civil wars, not to mention joblessness, homelessness, and food insecurities, right here on sidewalks. In a pandemic that has upended everything. To claim and exclaim love goes against so much human experience right now. Tina Turner’s words sound rather on point. “What’s love got to do with it? What’s love but a secondhand emotion?”
But into all that that, the words of 1 John 4:7-21 boldly announce and pronounce what we need to hear. What our world needs to hear today. What we as the Church, we as the people of God, need to embody today. God IS love!
To say "God is love" is downright radical. To say “God is love” is to say that in Christ God stands with us. Because God IS love!
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