Love is in the air…
Call me an old romantic, but this week the song that seems to be sticking in my head more than any other is that old 1977 classic by John Paul Young “Love is in the Air” – maybe not a name that’s too familiar, but a quick YouTube search will have you swaying and crooning with the best of them.
Perhaps it’s the afterglow of the royal wedding and the rather remarkable sermon from Bishop Michael Curry, but this theme of the power of love underlines the remarkable truth that we, as Christians, hold to – that God is love – love is in fact a person. Love then isn’t merely some nice fluffy sentiment or romantic aspiration – it’s the greatest power in the world to transform hearts, communities and nations.
In the words of Bishop Curry:
“When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook,”
“When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the Earth will be a sanctuary.”
“When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more.”
“When love is the way, there’s plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God’s children.”
“Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other…well…like we’re actually family.”
We need to experience God’s love in our own hearts in order to fully share that love with the world. We heard in Harry’s and Megan’s Bible reading: “love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.”
Love is what Christ is. Love is who God is. We as disciples are called to love because: “this is how everyone will know that you are my disciples.” Loving one another as Christ loved us is our command.
Of course, loving the lovely, like my family, my friends…you, is usually easy, but what about the unlovely, the rude, the judgemental, ‘our enemies’? We often want to fix others in order to make them more lovable, to demand change so that they might be more worthy of our love.
But, disconcertingly, Jesus gave us this remarkable command: “Love each other. Just as I have loved you.” … and how did He love me? Well when I was selfish, disinterested, scared, angry, proud, confused and seemingly thoroughly unlovable…
That’s true love – ‘God love’: Heart-transforming, tomb-busting, death-defeating, life-giving love. So, this month, while it’s in the air, may you experience afresh His perfect Love.
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