Stewart encouraged us last week that love needs to be more than just sentimental.
This week it has been fascinating to watch the world around us. Valentine’s Day does bring out a visible change in some people. After our Thursday church service, a whole bunch of us headed over as a community to the ‘Kitchens’ area of the Town Centre for a bite to eat and to hang out together. (Anyone is welcome to join us at this time if they’re free, by the way.) It just so happened that Thursday was Valentine’s Day. Many were walking around with flowers they had been given. Couples were having dinner together, the handmade chocolates shop was full of people buying last minute gifts. Love was in the air!
It got me thinking of how we need reminders to love. Love should be something that we hold on to, that we trust, something that guides us. It s a decision and a commitment. But the truth is that we all need reminders, it can be easy to forget what is truly important in life.
Often we are much like the disciples of Jesus who sometimes got it right, but also got it wrong. For instance Peter got it right when he proclaimed that Jesus was the Christ (Mark 8:29). But the disciples also couldn’t stay awake in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26:40), and Peter even denied Jesus publicly (Luke 22:61). There were times when they definitely got it wrong.
We humans can be quite fickle. I don’t say that to condone being fickle, or to say it is our lot in life and we should stay that way. The message of the gospel is a message of resurrection and of newness of life (Rom 6:4). We can change for the better.
We also need reminders of this, just as we need reminders to love. Paul tells us that this forms part of following Jesus – putting on the new self or resurrected self.
Paul says us in Ephesians:
For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24
Please be reminded this week that God loves you just as you are, and he loves you so much that he won’t leave you as you are. He wants you to grow and become all that you can be, to be resurrected in newness of life.