Lord, Teach Us How to Love

By JoAnn Flett | Director

Love is the final theme for reflection this Advent season. Love is perhaps the most amazing word in the human language. To be loved and to love is one of the best features of being human. Love punctuates hope, peace, and joy!

The absence of love leaves us in conflict, estranged, joyless, and hopeless. But God who is love, came into that distressed human history, and offered to love us!

I have always appreciated Michael Card’s song: The Final Word

You and me we use so very many clumsy words.
The noise of what we often say is not worth being heard.
When the Father’s Wisdom wanted to communicate His love,
He spoke it in one final perfect Word.

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

God the Word is made flesh! Christ, the incarnate Word, is love becoming flesh and moving into the neighborhood (John 1:14). This is because proximity always facilitates people being able to translate themselves in relationships.

Jesus came to show us who God is. God is love. Eternity stepped into time so we can understand. This is not a sentimentality that lacks strength or purpose. It takes courage to love. In the incarnate Christ, we experience God’s love for us. This love comes near, and gives all it has, no holds barred, no fear of commitment. It is full out and all in, even unto death on a cross.

Such amazing love compels us to love God in response. Additionally, God’s love enables us to love our neighbor, being for them in ways that might cost us something. This is how we know we are beloved because God, in Christ, loved us and came to show us how to love. Perhaps as we enter the new year, we might consider asking; Lord, teach us how to love.

Center for Faithful Business

Seattle Pacific University

Dr. JoAnn Flett, Executive Director

Email

cfb@spu.edu

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