I’ve had a song stuck in my head. It is a chorus from my church youth group years. The words are simple and few:
This is my commandment that you love one another, that your joy be made full.
I’ve been thinking about love a lot this week. I’ve thought about that commandment to love. I realized that I have often felt that loving others (especially the un-lovable ones) is just one more duty that I should be doing as a Christian. Check it off the list. Do it because Jesus said to do it.
Then I had a thought: Maybe Jesus is telling us (ok, commanding us) to love others because it is the best thing for us. It is not only because of the people who need to receive the love. It is because we are created to give love. The loving others (even the un-lovables) is so that we get the whole deal coming to us, too. I’m not saying we should love others because of what’s in it for ourselves, of course. It was an insight into the whole shebang of things for me.
I’m in a small group book study. We are reading a book about prayer. One of the readings this week described prayer as a channel for grace. I kept thinking that love is a channel, too. It sometimes runs only one way; at its best it runs both directions, though.