Posted on: April 29th, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

As I stood before the congregation on the last Sunday in April, my heart was filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the presence of each person before me. It was a moment of connection, a moment to delve into the profound teachings of the Scriptures and reflect on the essence of love as conveyed in 1 John 4.

Reflection on 1 John 4:7-11

I began by diving into the verses of 1 John 4, specifically focusing on verses 7 to 11. These verses spoke directly to the core of our being, emphasizing the importance of love in our lives. The words resonated deeply within me as I shared with the congregation the meaning behind loving one another as a reflection of the love of God.

Challenging Our Notions of Love

In our modern world, the concept of love has sometimes been diluted to mere pleasantries and superficial gestures. As I delved deeper into the message, I challenged the congregation to rethink their understanding of love. True love, as depicted in the Scriptures, goes beyond words and actions; it is a profound connection that stems from the depth of our souls.

The Mystery of Love

The mystery of God’s love unfolded before us as we explored the idea that love is not based on what we do but rather on who we are. Through anecdotes and reflections, I encouraged the audience to ponder the authenticity of their love towards others and towards God.

The Greatest Sin: Not Loving

One powerful realization that struck a chord with the congregation was the revelation that the greatest sin is not to love. In a world filled with strife and discord, it is our ability to love unconditionally that sets us apart. I emphasized the significance of love as the foundational principle of our faith and our existence.

Living Out God’s Love

As the sermon progressed, I stressed the importance of embodying God’s love in our daily lives. From the way we treat our family members to how we interact with strangers, every action should be infused with love. It is through these small gestures of kindness and compassion that we truly showcase our connection to God.

Closing Thoughts

In conclusion, the message of love permeated every word spoken that day. It was a reminder to all of us that love is not just a feeling but a way of life. As we left the church that day, my prayer was that each person would carry the essence of God’s love with them, spreading kindness and warmth wherever they go.

As I reflect back on that Sunday in April, I am reminded of the profound truth that God is love. It is through love that we experience the presence of the divine in our midst. May we all strive to love one another as a reflection of the love that God has bestowed upon us.