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From The Rectors Desk - February 14, 2019

Dear Friends,

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Cards, flowers, chocolate and heart shape candy abound at this time of year. (And thank goodness they do!) However, long before Valentine’s Day became a commercial celebration our Lord set forth the reminder that we are to love one another. Our Lord then qualified the nature of the love that we ought to have for others. We are to love, not with the selfish “what’s in it for me” attitude so prevalent in the world but with the selfless love of Christ. The love of God is very different that the world has to offer. The Scriptures tell us; “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

It is with this Godly love with which we are to love others. The Lord himself tells us by loving with this Godly love all the world will know that we are his disciples. How do you show forth the fact you are a Christian? Simply put, you love others just as Christ has loved you. His love is patient, kind, selfless, forgiving and enduring. Jesus further reminds us that this love is not only to be shown to those who love us. Two thousand years ago Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be true children of your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:43-45. In other words, for example, when in school, don’t just express love to a few but give a valentine to everyone in the class, even the bully. By this the world will know that you are one of Jesus’ disciples.

Yours in Christ,

David Thurlow