Carry on Loving
No, it’s not the title of a 1970s film! But if there were a film of our lives, how much loving would it show? St Peter encouraged 1st Century Christians, who were suffering much, with these words: ‘You love him even though you have never seen him’ and, ‘Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy!’1
St Paul famously wrote, ‘Without love we would be just ‘a noisy gong or a clanging symbol’ 2 It is a joyful thing indeed to see life springing up in our life as a Church here at Ascension, someone likened it to spring growth, new shoots! Thank you to all who have joined in this life, in many small ways and in large – we hope seeing new life encourages you as it does me, and calls others forward. We also hope and pray that the witness of this new life will speak of God’s immense love to those who do not yet follow Jesus, a love that speaks so that it cannot be denied. But let us remember the Lord we follow, one who stooped and washed his disciples feet, one that ‘loved them to the end.’3 One who gave us a new commandment, ‘Love each other. Just as I have loved you.’4 He even went on to say, ‘Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my
disciples.’4 So in all our business as a Church, perhaps in the struggles we may yet have to face, let us remember only to know that first, we are loved (‘it’s who we are’ as the song put it on Easter Day); and that second, the measure of all we do must be ‘to love as He loved us’, for without love we are nothing.
1 1 Peter 1.8 2 1 Corinthians 13.1 3 John 13.1 4 John 13.34-35