For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.1 John 1:11 NIV
As you have hopefully heard by this point, we will once again have a time of worship at our building this Sunday (May 10th).
With that announcement comes lots of feelings, questions, worries, and opinions. Let me start by affirming whatever you are feeling as normal during this time. Our world is dealing with lots of unknown variables, and truthfully the only One who understands it all is the Father. We all are doing the best we know how with the information we have.
I want us all to remember, especially now, that followers of Jesus are called to be different than the world around us. We are to be a calming presence in the storm, not the source of the chaos. You have been called to make peace “as far as it depends on you.”
Please remember that you represent Jesus in your comments and your actions. When non-believers see you and your actions, they assume that’s how Jesus would act. Please be a good representative of our Lord, especially now as the world looks for answers. Let’s show them Jesus! To that end, I leave you with the words of John.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 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.1 John 4:7-12 NIV