Thought for the Week: HOW MUCH DO WE LOVE HIM? – January 3, 2016

My thought for the First Sunday in January 2016 is “How Much Do We Love Him?” I’m sure there are flaws in our love for the Lord. Matthew 22:37 states, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

As homo-sapiens, you and I do not possess the divine faculties to love the Lord at the optimal/maximal level. 1 John 4:10 states, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” The number sixteen is symbolic of love and loving.

Christians are to become perfected in God’s love not just by physically obeying the Commandments (which should be done anyway) but also by following the spiritual intent of loving the Lord and each other.

In 2016, Let us make an assertive effort by inviting the Lord as the centerpiece of our day to day decisions, character, personality, belief system, communication, prayer life, work ethic, lifelong learning, goals, and objectives. Let us remember, “Love shall cover the multitude of sins” (1 Pet 4:8). Jesus was made sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

Love suffers long, and is kind; love envieth not, love is not puffed up; love doesn’t behave itself unseemly; seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; love beareth all things believeth all things, hopeth all things, and endureth all things.

My question to Word of Life parishioners is: “How Much Do We Love Him?”

Bishop Albert J. Mays, Jr.