A Love Test
A Love Test
by Pastor Joel
How about a love test today?
The Associated Press tells the story of such a test. . . for dogs. An instructor from a dog training workshop in Salt Lake City noted that a dog's disposition can be tested by the owner. If the owner will fall down and pretend to be hurt, a dog with a bad temper will tend to bite him. But a good dog will show concern and may lick the fallen owner's face. Susan Matice attended the class and then decided to test her two dogs. While eating pizza in her living room, she stood up, clutched her heart, screamed and fell to the floor. Her two dogs looked at her, looked at each other, then raced to the coffee table for her pizza!
The dogs failed the test. How about us?
Over and over again, Scripture tells us that love is of primary importance for the Christian. “We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12). After Paul finishes talking about spiritual gifts and how they make the church thrive, he then adds, “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” (I Cor. 12:31).
As we all know, love is not easy. Yet, one of our core values at First Free is Authentic Community. . . connecting our lives together based on a common love for our savior and our mission. Love, which is expressed and experienced in the body of Christ, is essential for a church to be healthy. If we want to see lives changed (and we do), then communicating God’s love is essential.
This next month, on Sunday mornings, we will be digging deep into the great “Love” chapter of Scripture, 1 Corinthians 13. And although most of us have heard these verses applied to marriages, in reality Paul was writing it to a church. We are to love one another.
So how are we doing on the “love test”? Is love more than just a feeling, but something we actually do? Are we more concerned with others than we are ourselves? Are we willing to intentionally do something in the name of Jesus for someone else, even if it might cost us something? Do people know we care for them, even when they have not been around for a while? Are people accepted and appreciated?
As Paul says, love is the most excellent way. So let us keep caring. Let us keep loving.
P.S. By the way, Easter is only a month away and it is a great Sunday to invite a family member, friend, or a neighbor to church. Why not begin now praying for who you might invite to join you for our Easter Celebration!