To read the texts click on the texts: Acts 15:7-21; Jn 15:9-11
love which the Father has for Jesus is the same love that Jesus has expressed
and shown for his disciples. It is a love that is unconditional, a love without
end. It is not merely a verbal expression, or an emotion, but a love that is
shown tangibly and in every action that Jesus performs. The disciples have to
act in the same manner as Jesus in order to make this love visible. There is
only one commandment and that is the commandment to love. If the disciples keep
this commandment, it will result in their being like Jesus, their master, who
before them, revealed God’s love for the world.
the commandment of Jesus is thus not a chore or burden but done willingly
because one has experienced this love first. The outcome of this sharing and
manifestation of love is unbounded joy.
word “love” has been a word that is used so often that it has been abused. We
speak of our love for the good things of life, and of our love for the members
of our family, and of our love for God in the same breath. “I love mixed
vegetables” we might tell our spouse and, in the next breath, say “I love you”.
Love is not primarily an emotion; it is not even a feeling, but reality. As a
matter of fact, the only reality is love. Fear, which is regarded as the
opposite of love, is not real, it is only an illusion. If there is fear, there
cannot be love, and where there is love, there is no fear (1 Jn 4:18). While
Paul gives a beautiful definition of love in 1 Cor 13:1-9, my own definition of
love is simple, but not simplistic. “In love, there is no “I””.