In Tina Turner's version of the song, "What's Love Got to Do With It?" the answer is nothing. Love is just a second hand emotion. When it comes to our Christians faith, "What's Love God to Do With It?" the answer is everything. 1 John 3 tells us that love is the central tenet of our Christian faith. Jesus taught us how to love by laying his life down for us. Jesus' death on the cross is the ultimate example of what love is. John later tells us that "God is love" in 1 John 4. Love defines the character of God and should define our character if we believe in him.
Love has everything to do with our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. John says that If anyone does not love, they remain in death. A person who doesn't love their fellow believers is lost in sin and does not have a relationship with God. Love is not just some ethereal idea, it must be put into action. John says in verse 17, "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" We must put our love into action.
John is writing about love in the context of our church family. "Do we love one another in our church family?" The North African theologian Tertullian, in the second century, imagined pagans looking at Christians and saying, “Look . . . how they love one another... and how they are ready to die for each other.” Love is what set the Christian church apart from every other religious group. Is that true of us today?
Join us for worship this Sunday and learn "What's Love God to Do With It?" What does love for your brothers and sisters in Christ got to do with living the Christian faith? How do we put such love into action? Our services are at 9:00 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary). Hope to see you there.