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February 2020 Newsletter

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Except from Pastor Parsons article: What is Love?

February seemed like a fitting time to talk about love. What is love? Depending on whom you ask, you could get quite an array of answers. Generally speaking, if you look at love from a worldly point of view, you might summarize it as showing compassion to others, supporting others in times of need and in their decisions, forming some kind of relationship with someone, platonic or romantic.

That sounds nice, and for the most part it is. But, also from a worldly standpoint, it can be considered un-loving if you disagree with someone, or tell someone that he or she is doing something they shouldn’t. It can be misconstrued as hatred. This can overshadow the relationships we have.

But from a Godly point of view, you might just be showing the greatest love of all in disagreeing with someone. Though he may not think so, you would be showing the greatest love in telling someone that his actions are sinful and displeasing to God. You’d be showing true, Christian love if you do so with the intent of sharing the Gospel message of forgiveness with him so that he might turn to God in true repentance and know the forgiveness of Christ.

As Christians who wish to show the love of God to all, we look to God for guidance because, as we’ll see below, not only does God show his love to us, but he is love, and he moves us to love because he has loved us.

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 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. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (1 John 4:7-21)

The greatest love we could ever show is to turn someone to God, to share the love of Christ by proclaiming his love, his will for us, and his forgiveness that comes to us through faith. May God always move us show true love, to each other and to all, by keeping the promise of his love for us before us at all times. 

Amen

In Christ,

Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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