We live in a time that seems to grow more and more hateful with every day. We can see it from the political arena, to social media, on the open road, and on our very street. It has become disturbing to realize that we are headed for a nasty ending. It will only get worse. Or will it?
As Christians we live in constant anticipation of a time when all things will be made new once again. Our hope is not dependent on an end of an election cycle or the end of a pandemic. In the end, love wins. Said differently, Hate Loses. This should be good news to us in a time when no matter the issue, there seems to be opposition.
John 13:34-35(NRSV) says, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” They will know we are Christians, citizens of a different kingdom, by our love. Similarly, they will know if we are not Christian, not citizens of a different kingdom, if we lack love.
This is important, especially in a time where love seems to no longer be a secular ideal. How can we better love? Privately we may be able to love just fine, but how can we better love publicly as well? This is what the world needs!
John Wesley, our spiritual forefather had three simple rules…
1. DO No Harm.
2. DO Good
3. STAY in Love with God.
DO, DO and STAY. How can we put these to practice in our lives? The good news is this. If we stay in love with God, we will not fall for the easy ways to hate, and we will see love win in ourselves, and in the inbreaking kingdom of God. The days upcoming may be hate filled for the kingdoms that surround us but we have an even greater opportunity to show how love can conquer all things. May it be so in us! Amen!
Peace of Christ,
Pastor Zack Bohinski