Connecting to a Higher Love: Costly
We have just finished Valentine’s Day but we are continuing our sermon series, Connecting to a Higher Love. In this week’s sermon, Costly, we have to recognize that genuine lasting love has a price. To truly love someone, is to hurt with them, for them and because of them. When we think that love is only romance and roses, then we will be disappointed because staying together requires a love that is determined and committed. God understands this type of love better than us. God has suffered rejection after rejection, but refuses to give up on the human race. Jesus suffered a horrible death in order to truly love all of us. One of the great differences of the Christian faith from any other is God’s commitment to love all of us regardless! Our scripture this week is taken from John 15:9-17, Jesus continues to teach his disciples and all of us about God’s love and that we should love each other. Yet, how can we love each other? Our love is conditional. Our love is self-centered. Our love seeks our good. Only through the power of God’s unconditional love can we love one another with a genuine lasting love. Jesus helps us to find the power of this love. Sense God’s love for you as you read John 15:9-17: 9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-- fruit that will last-- and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.