As we come to the end of our exploration of the value of Love we come to the one command that Jesus gave to his disciples. In the Old Testament there are hundreds of commands that are expected to be followed, and things that people have to do in order to make up for things that have been done wrong to restore their relationship with God. But Jesus gives a new command which john tells us:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
The previous commands were given as a way of becoming closer, but then, when God came to earth in the person of Jesus we have the perfect example of humanity, the perfect example of love. Many people still think that Christianity is about following lots of rules, and then saying sorry when we break them. But actually Christianity is about being in relationship with God through Christ, and allowing that to change your life.
One comment I come across a lot in my job is ‘there’s no proof of God, I can’t see Him, therefore He isn’t real’ but then I am challenged by this statement made by Shane Claiborne who says
“No one has seen God, but as we love one another, God lives in us”
God is not a tangible being that we will see, but we can see God in the loving actions of others. If we think of the work of Foodbank, street pastors, the salvation army – these are just a handful of organisations that demonstrate the love of God. When my dad died in June, I was overwhelmed by the support the Church gave to my mum especially, but also to me.
In science we often don’t see the atoms mixing with each other, or the electrons colliding but we see the result. In Christianity we may not see God but we see the result of God being welcomed in to the lives of others.
Jesus commands us to love, not just those who are closest to us, but to love all. He never says it will be easy, but He will give us the strength to be able to do so.
Challenge: how can we show love at Archbishop’s school?
Prayer: father God thank you that you only give us one command, to love. Help us to receive your love that we may love other, and they will see you through us. Amen