Park Church, Aldershot

Gods Love and Power Flowing Out

  • Church Lane East,
  • Aldershot,
  • Hants,
  • GU11 3ST

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This devotional thought appears on the front page of the February 2018 edition of Park Life magazine.


  Love - What Are We Going To Do With It?


Some years ago, I was driving a minibus for Mid-Wessex Christian Camps back from Bournemouth, listening to the “Glitz Mix” on local radio, when a disco song by Heavy D and the Boyz came on. It’s one of those songs that you can’t help sing the refrain to - “Now that we found love, what are we going to do with it?” 

Jesus had his disciples around him, and they knew that they had found true love. He spoke often of love - encouraging them to love their neighbours, to love their enemies, to love God. Jesus talked about the great love of God, that gave his only son for us, and that we should abide in his love.

So, we abide in Jesus’ love, we abide in God’s love, and we love each other. But coming back to the lyrics, of the song, “Now that we found love, what we are going to do with it?"

We could choose to just bask in God’s love, to soak it up, to meditate on it, to share it with each other at church; but if we do, we miss the whole point of his love. His love is meant to be shared, to be shown to those around us, to be the core part of our lives. I’m sure you remember the film “Sister Act”, where a police informer, played by Whoopi Goldburg has to stay in a convent under the pseudonym of Sister Mary Clarence. The nuns in the convent were good at praying, brilliant at singing (after Sister Mary Clarence’s tuition), but didn’t do a lot for the community, until Sister Mary Clarence got involved, and inspired them to help clean up the local area, reach out to the neighbourhood, and to put on concerts for everyone.

The classic example of love and compassion is the story of the Good Samaritan which teaches us of the need to treat everyone and anyone as our neighbour. There were many prejudices between Jews and Samaritans, and this story broke so many of them. We need to be ready to reach out to anyone and everyone who needs it, not out of a sense of duty, but because we love them. When you see a beggar, or a starving child on TV, or a lonely old person, how does your heart feel? If you feel a wave of compassion, then God’s love is at work, if you can do something about it, even better.

But also, we need to share God’s love by testifying about Him. This is going further than doing good deeds, it’s also telling people about God’s love. 1 John 4 says:

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

God’s love is an important part of what we show, and without it, Paul says we are no more than a “clanging cymbal”. Let God’s love rule our hearts, our minds, our actions as we live for him each day. 

Peter Sullivan

     

 Past Focus Items

 January 2018 - Moving On

 

 December 2018 - Christmas Lights

 

 November 2017 - Autumn

 

 October 2017 - The Red Box

 

 September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2

 

 July/August 2017 - Summertime

 

 June 2017 - Steering the Boat

 

 April 2017 - Change Ahead

 

 March 2017 - One Way - Jesus

 

 January 2017 - Beyond the Fog

 

 December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God

 

 November 2016 - Autumn

 

 October 2016 - Questions

 

 September 2016 - Olympic Values

 

 July/August - Follow the Leader?

 

 June 2016 - Passports and Priorities

 

 April 2016 - The Power of Love

 

 March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent

 

 February 2016 - What's At The Core?

 

 January 2016 - The New Year

 

 November 2015 - Back to the Future

 

 October 2015 - Autumn

 

 September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes

 

 July/August 2015 - Summertime

 

 June 2015 - Free Gifts

 

 March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall

 

 February 2015 - Distance Management

 

 January 2015 - Changing Perspectives