March 8, 2020
Showing “More and More Love”
Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 4: 9-10, writes to the faithful in that city that: “concerning brotherly love, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more.”
How wonderful it is for a group of people to be recognized for the deep love they show toward one another. As we consider our brothers and sisters at Immanuel, do we feel that same love and demonstrate that same love that Paul sees in the Thessalonians? I believe there are many instances that come to mind. Sometimes it’s difficult (or awkward?) to say in the voice of one faithful to another in faith: “I love you.” And sometimes, others will just know by your actions the love, based on Jesus’ teachings, that you have toward them.
Yet, note what Paul says: “do this more and more.” That is the call for prayer so that each of us, while we seek to grow in that love, can reach out to others to help them in their continued growth.
Yes, the love Jesus shows us reigns at Immanuel. Look at the challenges that we’ve faced in recent years; challenges He knew would hone the spirit of His love which unites us now. And as we now know, a new rector, one of strong Bible-based faith and possessing an array of gifts that God has decided we need for the next phase of our journey, will be joining us. Thanks to God for His great love for us!