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Love: Not What the World Calls it, but God

1 John 4:7-8

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that does not love does not know God; for God is love.


I stand before you today with a message of love, a testament of our humanity and our shared purpose in this journey we call life. Often, we encounter in our path those who do not know love. They are the embodiment of indifference, seem marred by apathy and, in the worst cases, bestow upon others the affliction of hatred. So how do we deal with people who do not know love?


Our Saviour teaches us that love is the greatest commandment. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40) This, dear friends, is the crux of our faith, the core of our belief.


So, dealing with those who do not know love can indeed be challenging. It is hard to show love when we ourselves receive none in return, isn't it? But remember, the love we hold is not only for the lovable but for the unlovable too. As children of God, we are called upon to emit rays of love in the heart of darkness, to be the beacon in the storm, to give without expecting in return.


The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, advises us: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21). When met with resistance, when faced with a clear absence of love, we should not recoil, nor should we mirror the same. Instead, we strive to overcome that void with the immense power of love, the very essence of our God.


So how do we do this practically? We begin by understanding that every person is a creation of God, a masterpiece intricately designed by the Master's hands. Everyone is fighting unseen battles, wrestling with their private demons. The absence of love may be a cry for help cloaked in the garb of hostility. Understand their perspective, show empathy, extend your hand in friendship even when it is met with a clenched fist.


In our daily interactions, let us strive to act out of love, to speak words of kindness, to perform acts of compassion. Make it your mission to show them the love they have never known before. They may resist it initially, but eventually, the light pierces the darkness, and love conquers all.


The world can seem less loving and it is during these times, we must stand tall with our resolve to love unconditionally, just as Christ loved us. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13: 4-5).


Dealing with people who do not know love is not only about showing them what love is but also a journey of self-discovery. It enables us to truly grasp the depth of Jesus' love for us. It is a reminder that our journey is less about changing others and more about allowing God to transform us.