Love Is…

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” – 1 John 3:16

The story is told about a little boy in the early 20th century, who was told by his doctor that he could save his sister’s life by giving her some blood. Six year old Mary was near her death, the victim of a disease from which the boy had recovered two years earlier. Her only chance of survival was from a transfusion from someone who had previously overcome the illness. The boy was an ideal donor.

“Johnny, would you like to give blood for Mary?” the doctor asked. The boy hesitated. His lower lip started to tremble. Then he smiled and said, “Sure Doc. I’ll give my blood for my sister.” As his blood siphoned into Mary’s vein, Johnny broke the silence saying: “Say Doc, when do I die?” Only then did the doctor realize that Johnny was willing to give up his life for his sister. That is True Love! Adapted from Illustrations stories and quotes to Hang your Message On by Jim Burns and Greg McKinnon p.13 © 1997 by Jim Burns

Love has a lot of meanings in our day and time…we love French fries, friends, and family, we also love the Packers and snowmobiling, we make love, we are in love. The Greek language actually has three different words for our word “love.” Phileo means brotherly love, friendship, companionship. Eros, is the romantic love, or the passion of love. And then there is another kind of love that is described in the 1 John 3:16, called Agape love. This kind of love is more than a warm fuzzy feeling that comes and goes depending on mood and circumstances. This is a love that has to do with our will. This is the sacrificial, action kind love that God has for us, and the kind of love we can practice with one another. During the month of February in worship, we will be doing a sermon series called “True Love.” We will be taking a look at love and relationships based on love, as described in the book of 1 John. How do we express “True Love” in our relationship to God, to our families, and to our neighbors? Join us on Sunday Mornings at 10:00 as we discover “True Love” beginning February 5. See you in Worship!!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Debbie