Let's Hear it Again for Love

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 4:7-16

If I was confused about the word world (see March 6 meditation), I was even more so about love. How could I have the same affection for mint chocolate chip ice cream that I have for my wife? Or the same warm feeling for my enemies (Jesus did command us to love them, too!) as I do for my sons (plus a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren)? Certainly it helped to learn that in Bible days one word was used for the wife but a different one for the ice cream! And still another one was used for the enemies: agape. And agape means: “to care for another person’s welfare even if you don’t like that person.”

God loves like that: He surely did not like what we were doing to His creation, to other people, to ourselves, and to Him. But still He cared enough to come in Jesus to rescue the situation and us. He did not simply write us a love letter (although He did author the Bible) or send a Valentine card. He Himself came. “I certainly enjoyed the letters from my son when he was in the military” commented one mother. “But they couldn’t compare to seeing him and holding him when he returned.” “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (see John 1:14).

PRAYER

Thank You, God, for remembering us when we forget You and for loving us even when we are too often unloving and unlovely. Keep our eyes on Jesus, the gift of Your love and the best example of loving. In His name. Amen.