Posted by: Postordinandy | May 4, 2010

…but the greatest of these is love

We’re spending some time looking at the fruit of the Spirit, and the first one mentioned in Paul’s list of the kind of things Christians should been seen as flourishing in is love.

Google ‘love’ and you get “about 1,310,000,000” suggested sites. You don’t have to know too much about the content of the internet to guess that a reasonable number of the sites wouldn’t get past many parental control programmes.

The kind of love that should grow in the life of anyone who follows Jesus is not principally expressed through chocolate, flowers or teddy bears; nor is it reserved to physical relationships; and it goes deeper and further than family and friends.

Jesus demanded that his followers loved others – that it be the how Christians are known and recognised. This is a tough commandment, and unfortunately one that Christians have not always managed to follow in principle or practice. 

. Love, (like the other fruit the spirit produces in us), is principally expressed in what we do. This is not to say that it is all action and no reflection; but simply that others can only respond to love as action, not theory.

The message translation of Paul’s famous reflection on love begins: “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate”.

At St Luke’s, one of the simple ways that we express love for others is by offering the other stall holders at the weekly Farmers’ Market free drinks. Such a small thing, and by no means revolutionary or radical, but real and appreciated nonetheless – particularly on those cold and miserably wet days…

Why do we give free drinks? They are small gifts of love, given because God first loved us. These tokens, alongside our commitment to be present at the Market each week – whatever the weather, are significant because God is within them.

Some weeks we find ourselves simply huddled in the stall, looking out at the driving rain, and wondering just quite what it is that we are doing. Yet on other occasions we have had hugely significant conversations with stall holders or customers about life, the universe and everything. Both extremes are expressions of love; both dependent on our willingness to be present; and (much more importantly), both resourced by the true source of all love that we have been grafted onto.

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  1. just spent a real long while reading the blog!
    thanks for posting all the posts!
    some real thought provoking stuff x


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