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Church Message
My Children Love One Another
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageThere is a legend handed down from the early church about John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. Of the twelve original apostles, only John is said to have lived to a ripe old age. In his later years not only his body but also his eyesight and his mind began to fail him. Eventually, according to the legend, John’s mind had deteriorated to the point that he could only speak five words, one sentence which he would repeat over and over.

You can imagine the high regard in which the early church must have held the last surviving apostle of Jesus. The legend says that every Lord’s Day, John would be carried into the midst of the congregation that had assembled for worship. Total silence would fall over the congregation, even though they already knew what John was going to say. Then the old man would speak the words, "My children, love one another." Over and over, he would repeat them until he grew tired from talking. No one yawned or looked at their watch or gazed off into space absentmindedly. They listened as John preached his five-word sermon over and over: "My children love one another."Jesus clearly taught that God deserves our first love. He was once asked, ‘which is the greatest commandment?’ He quickly responded, "Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.” Then Jesus added that the second greatest commandment is tied to it - "Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:34ff). That’s what John was preaching about when he said, "My children love one another.”

How many problems in the world wouldn’t disappear if we put such love into practice! How happy our marriages would be if every word we spoke were spoken in love! God tells us to treat our children with love. He even tells us to love our enemies.

Let everyone see your love - your boss and coworkers, neighbors and friends. If you love others, there is no room for backbiting and office gossip when it is filled with love. "Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth…” (I Corinthians 13:4ff). I guess you get the idea.

To put it another way Jesus says, "If anyone says, ‘I love God.’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, who he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” (I John 4:20)

Let your heart be filled with God’s love. Love the Lord above all else and love another.


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