There is here at St. John’s, a strong concern for other people, from kinship to friendship. According to the Bible, love is caring in action. Love is not what we feel. It is what we do. Love is a gift of God. This love is rep-resented by God’s love for us. It is a non-partial, sacri-ficed love probably best exemplified by God’s provision for our rebellion; “For God so loved (agape) the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that who (anybody) so ever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I feel we are a great example of what love is: “An in-tense feeling of affection.” We have different attitudes that range from interpersonal affections from I love my church family to pleasure I love food (smile).
This gift of God’s Son as a prevision for sin was given to all humans, regardless of who we are. God’s love is un-conditional.
If you are not a Christian, I hope you desire to express love as defined in the Bible. However, wanting to do so, and attempting to do so in the power of your own will is guaranteed to fail. This kind of love is only possi-ble through relying on the power of God, through faith in Jesus Christ.
Even if you are a Christian, you will not succeed if you do not abide in Christ. I hope and pray that the Lord directs our hearts into the love of our God and into the steadfastness of our Christ.
This church and this community are a beacon of light because of love.
Because of love we have made a great impact to the world.