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This Week's Noticesheet

 
Love is…
 
According to Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13 (known as the great love poem of the Bible):
 
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.  [Or Love never ends in some translations.]
 
I think most of us who have been lucky enough to have people to love can recognise and align ourselves with what Paul had to say on the subject. But what about Christian, Christ-like love for other people?
 
A Christ like love understands and accepts the emotions of others, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep. A Christ like love is generous and does not calculate the cost of giving. A Christ like love is not repulsed by illness or ugliness. A Christ like love is patient and forgiving.
 
We should be demonstrating Christian love in every aspect of our day-to-day lives – humbly putting others before ourselves; showing grace to others and forgiving just as Jesus forgave us. Praying fervently, studying scripture, in fact, doing what Jesus did when he walked this earth – He is our great teacher who can ensure that we love just as Christ loved and loves us. Yes, it's a very hard act to follow, but one we must keep trying to emulate.
 
9 “As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. 10 If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.” John 15:9-10.
 
Chris Greeve