- Church Lane East,
- GU11 3ST
This devotional thought appears on the front page of the February 2018 edition of Park Life magazine.
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
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.
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