Sunday: 6th May, 2018
Reference text: John 15:9-17
John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
There was a teaching I listened to a few years ago that asked these two questions: why do we keep falling in and out of love? Why don’t we choose to be in love and stay in love? That was the message of Jesus to his disciples in today’s Gospel- ‘remain in my love’.
Usually, we opt to move on from people and places because they are no longer able to meet our ever changing expectations. With God, we often expect to be in a place with more smiles, less stress or more praise and less pain. Even though this isn’t always the case, Jesus still invites us to remain in the love of God.
This state of apparent ‘no movement’ cannot be achieved passively because when situations begin to change, we are also naturally inclined to change our position. Therefore, any decision to ‘stay in God’, has to be made intentionally. My dear, we aren’t asked to remain in God’s love because that is the most comfortable place to be; since choosing to stay with Him, also comes with its challenges.
Days may not always be the best for us and there will definitely be moments when we wake up with the feeling of ‘why am I still here?’ If you find yourself in these shoes, that might be the perfect time to count your blessings, naming them one after the other because then, you will realise remaining in His love hasn’t been a bad decision at all.
Remember # regardless of the trying days, remaining in the love of God has many brilliant moments and still remains the best option on offer.