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Written by Chris Kibble   
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 16:00

Dear all


The Apostle John is reputed to have been the only Apostle not to have been martyred. And he lived, we understand, into his nineties. His final years were spent in Ephesus, and he had one message for his followers. It was 'Little children, love one another'. After a time, it is said, the disciples wearied at always hearing the same words, asked, 'Master, why do you always say this'? And John would reply 'It is the Lord's command and if this alone be done, it is enough'. So why was the ‘Apostle of Love' so focused on this quality. He explains his reasons in 1 John 4:7-12.



First, love comes from God. We Christians are keen to pronounce that 'God is love'. But what do we mean? Well, it means that every action of God is rooted in love. As Stott says, 'if he judges, he judges in love; and through his love, he has found a way to expose sin and destroy it without destroying the sinner, through the cross. You see his love in the mutual love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We also, if we are truly born again Christians, will be encouraged to love by the Holy Spirit.

Second, God showed his love through Jesus. The Father sent his only Son into the world to save sinners. Jesus was, is and will be unique, but the Father sent him to atone for our sins. The Father, as a righteous God, can't just ignore our sins: he must punish them. And he did this in Jesus on the cross. And as a result, we will live. The great theologian Karl Barth, when asked to name his greatest insight, said 'Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so'


Finally, God's love is completed in our love. If God so loved us, we should love one another with agape type love - loving those who may not deserve our love. And the interesting thing is that without our love for one another, God's love is incomplete. Mother Theresa said ''we cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love'


As you continue to enjoy this Christmas season, may I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.




Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 16:04