20th September 2015

As I write this, I am also thinking about what I will say at the last wedding that I will be taking for a few months.

The Church of England service reminds us that weddings are both solemn and joyous occasions as the couple make promises together and everyone present celebrates their love. It is always an enormous privilege to be able to share in that.

Love is word we use a lot.  We use it to describe our feelings about, for   example, favourite food (I love cheese, chocolate, bread), elephants or about our loved ones: I love my daughters, my brother, my parents, my friends. In the Greek language there are several words to describe different types of love.

The modern worldly image of love is of something that is pink and heart shaped. It is something that makes us feel good. When love hurts we can all too easily give up on it.

We all need to be loved but love, as described in the Bible, is not  self-seeking, not about feeling good but rather     self-giving. It doesn’t say, ‘What’s in it for me?’, but instead, ‘What can I do for you?’ It can be painful, it may involve discipline and the limiting of oneself for the sake of another. Love certainly requires perseverance.

The ultimate demonstration of Jesus’s love was when he offered himself up to death on the cross, paying the price of our sin so that we might be free. As we follow him and grow more Christ like we are called to love as he loves us. ’This is my commandment, that you love on another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ (John 15. 12-13).

This week, know you are loved. Love others because he first loved us.

Every blessing,




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